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LOCALE

Section: Linux User Manual (5)
Updated: 2015-01-22
Index Return to Main Contents
 

NAME

locale - describes a locale definition file  

DESCRIPTION

The locale definition file contains all the information that the localedef(1) command needs to convert it into the binary locale database.

The definition files consist of sections which each describe a locale category in detail.  

Syntax

The locale definition file starts with a header that may consist of the following keywords:
<escape_char>
is followed by a character that should be used as the escape-character for the rest of the file to mark characters that should be interpreted in a special way. It defaults to the backslash (\).
<comment_char>
is followed by a character that will be used as the comment-character for the rest of the file. It defaults to the number sign (#).

The locale definition has one part for each locale category. Each part can be copied from another existing locale or can be defined from scratch. If the category should be copied, the only valid keyword in the definition is copy followed by the name of the locale in double quotes which should be copied.

When defining a category from scratch, all field descriptors and strings should be defined as Unicode code points in angle brackets, unless otherwise stated below. For example, "€" is to be presented as "<U20AC>", "%a" as "<U0025><U0061>", and "Monday" as "<U0053><U0075><U006E><U0064><U0061><U0079>". Values defined as Unicode code points must be in double quotes, plain number values are not quoted (but LC_CTYPE and LC_COLLATE follow special formatting, see the system-provided locale files for examples).  

Locale category sections

The following category sections are defined by POSIX:
*
LC_CTYPE
*
LC_COLLATE
*
LC_MESSAGES
*
LC_MONETARY
*
LC_NUMERIC
*
LC_TIME

In addition, since version 2.2, the GNU C library supports the following nonstandard categories:

*
LC_ADDRESS
*
LC_IDENTIFICATION
*
LC_MEASUREMENT
*
LC_NAME
*
LC_PAPER
*
LC_TELEPHONE

See locale(7) for a more detailed description of each category.

 

LC_ADDRESS

The definition starts with the string LC_ADDRESS in the first column.

The following keywords are allowed:

postal_fmt
followed by a string containing field descriptors that define the format used for postal addresses in the locale. The following field descriptors are recognized:
%a
Care of person, or organization.
%f
Firm name.
%d
Department name.
%b
Building name.
%s
Street or block (e.g., Japanese) name.
%h
House number or designation.
%N
Insert an end-of-line if the previous descriptor's value was not an empty string; otherwise ignore.
%t
Insert a space if the previous descriptor's value was not an empty string; otherwise ignore.
%r
Room number, door designation.
%e
Floor number.
%C
Country designation, from the <country_post> keyword.
%z
Zip number, postal code.
%T
Town, city.
%S
State, province, or prefecture.
%c
Country, as taken from data record.

Each field descriptor may have an aqRaq after the aq%aq to specify that the information is taken from a Romanized version string of the entity.

country_name
followed by the country name in the language of the current document (e.g., "Deutschland" for the de_DE locale).
country_post
followed by the abbreviation of the country (see CERT_MAILCODES).
country_ab2
followed by the two-letter abbreviation of the country (ISO 3166).
country_ab3
followed by the three-letter abbreviation of the country (ISO 3166).
country_num
followed by the numeric country code as plain numbers (ISO 3166).
country_car
followed by the code for the country car number.
country_isbn
followed by the ISBN code as plain numbers (for books).
lang_name
followed by the language name in the language of the current document.
lang_ab
followed by the two-letter abbreviation of the language (ISO 639).
lang_term
followed by the three-letter abbreviation of the language (ISO 639-2/T).
lang_lib
followed by the three-letter abbreviation of the language for library use (ISO 639-2/B). Applications should in general prefer lang_term over lang_lib.

The LC_ADDRESS definition ends with the string END LC_ADDRESS.  

LC_CTYPE

The definition starts with the string LC_CTYPE in the first column.

The following keywords are allowed:

upper
followed by a list of uppercase letters. The letters A through Z are included automatically. Characters also specified as cntrl, digit, punct, or space are not allowed.
lower
followed by a list of lowercase letters. The letters a through z are included automatically. Characters also specified as cntrl, digit, punct, or space are not allowed.
alpha
followed by a list of letters. All character specified as either upper or lower are automatically included. Characters also specified as cntrl, digit, punct, or space are not allowed.
digit
followed by the characters classified as numeric digits. Only the digits 0 through 9 are allowed. They are included by default in this class.
space
followed by a list of characters defined as white-space characters. Characters also specified as upper, lower, alpha, digit, graph, or xdigit are not allowed. The characters <space>, <form-feed>, <newline>, <carriage-return>, <tab>, and <vertical-tab> are automatically included.
cntrl
followed by a list of control characters. Characters also specified as upper, lower, alpha, digit, punct, graph, print, or xdigit are not allowed.
punct
followed by a list of punctuation characters. Characters also specified as upper, lower, alpha, digit, cntrl, xdigit, or the <space> character are not allowed.
graph
followed by a list of printable characters, not including the <space> character. The characters defined as upper, lower, alpha, digit, xdigit, and punct are automatically included. Characters also specified as cntrl are not allowed.
print
followed by a list of printable characters, including the <space> character. The characters defined as upper, lower, alpha, digit, xdigit, punct, and the <space> character are automatically included. Characters also specified as cntrl are not allowed.
xdigit
followed by a list of characters classified as hexadecimal digits. The decimal digits must be included followed by one or more set of six characters in ascending order. The following characters are included by default: 0 through 9, a through f, A through F.
blank
followed by a list of characters classified as blank. The characters <space> and <tab> are automatically included.
toupper
followed by a list of mappings from lowercase to uppercase letters. Each mapping is a pair of a lowercase and an uppercase letter separated with a , and enclosed in parentheses. The members of the list are separated with semicolons.
tolower
followed by a list of mappings from uppercase to lowercase letters. If the keyword tolower is not present, the reverse of the toupper list is used.

The LC_CTYPE definition ends with the string END LC_CTYPE.  

LC_COLLATE

Due to limitations of glibc not all POSIX-options are implemented.

The definition starts with the string LC_COLLATE in the first column.

The following keywords are allowed:

collating-element
followed by the definition of a collating-element symbol representing a multicharacter collating element.
collating-symbol
followed by the definition of a collating symbol that can be used in collation order statements.

The order-definition starts with a line:

order_start
followed by a list of keywords chosen from forward, backward, or position. The order definition consists of lines that describe the order and is terminated with the keyword order_end.

The LC_COLLATE definition ends with the string END LC_COLLATE.  

LC_IDENTIFICATION

The definition starts with the string LC_IDENTIFICATION in the first column.

The values in this category are defined as plain strings.

The following keywords are allowed:

title
followed by the title of the locale document (e.g., "Maori language locale for New Zealand").
source
followed by the name of the organization that maintains this document.
address
followed by the address of the organization that maintains this document.
contact
followed by the name of the contact person at the organization that maintains this document.
email
followed by the email address of the person or organization that maintains this document.
tel
followed by the telephone number (in international format) of the organization that maintains this document.
fax
followed by the fax number (in international format) of the organization that maintains this document.
language
followed by the name of the language to which this document applies.
territory
followed by the name of the country/geographic extent to which this document applies.
audience
followed by a description of the audience for which this document is intended.
application
followed by a description of any special application for which this document is intended.
abbreviation
followed by the short name for this document.
revision
followed by the revision number of this document.
date
followed by the revision date of this document.

In addition, for each of the categories defined by the document, there should be a line starting with the keyword category, followed by:

*
a string that identifies this locale category definition,
*
a semicolon, and
*
one of the LC_* identifiers.

The LC_IDENTIFICATION definition ends with the string END LC_IDENTIFICATION.  

LC_MESSAGES

The definition starts with the string LC_MESSAGES in the first column.

The following keywords are allowed:

yesexpr
followed by a regular expression that describes possible yes-responses.
noexpr
followed by a regular expression that describes possible no-responses.
yesstr
followed by the output string corresponding to "yes".
nostr
followed by the output string corresponding to "no".

The LC_MESSAGES definition ends with the string END LC_MESSAGES.  

LC_MEASUREMENT

The definition starts with the string LC_MEASUREMENT in the first column.

The following keywords are allowed:

measurement
followed by number identifying the standard used for measurement. The following values are recognized:
1
Metric.
2
US customary measurements.

The LC_MEASUREMENT definition ends with the string END LC_MEASUREMENT.  

LC_MONETARY

The definition starts with the string LC_MONETARY in the first column.

Values for int_curr_symbol, currency_symbol, mon_decimal_point, mon_thousands_sep, positive_sign, and negative_sign are defined as Unicode code points, the others as plain numbers.

The following keywords are allowed:

int_curr_symbol
followed by the international currency symbol. This must be a 4-character string containing the international currency symbol as defined by the ISO 4217 standard (three characters) followed by a separator.
currency_symbol
followed by the local currency symbol.
mon_decimal_point
followed by the string that will be used as the decimal delimiter when formatting monetary quantities.
mon_thousands_sep
followed by the string that will be used as a group separator when formatting monetary quantities.
mon_grouping
followed by a sequence of integers separated by semicolons that describe the formatting of monetary quantities. See grouping below for details.
positive_sign
followed by a string that is used to indicate a positive sign for monetary quantities.
negative_sign
followed by a string that is used to indicate a negative sign for monetary quantities.
int_frac_digits
followed by the number of fractional digits that should be used when formatting with the int_curr_symbol.
frac_digits
followed by the number of fractional digits that should be used when formatting with the currency_symbol.
p_cs_precedes
followed by an integer that indicates the placement of currency_symbol for a nonnegative formatted monetary quantity:
0
the symbol succeeds the value.
1
the symbol precedes the value.
n_cs_precedes
followed by an integer that indicates the placement of currency_symbol for a negative formatted monetary quantity. The same values are recognized as for p_cs_precedes.
int_p_cs_precedes
followed by an integer that indicates the placement of int_currency_symbol for a nonnegative internationally formatted monetary quantity. The same values are recognized as for p_cs_precedes.
int_n_cs_precedes
followed by an integer that indicates the placement of int_currency_symbol for a negative internationally formatted monetary quantity. The same values are recognized as for p_cs_precedes.
p_sep_by_space
followed by an integer that indicates the separation of currency_symbol, the sign string, and the value for a nonnegative formatted monetary quantity. The following values are recognized:
0
No space separates the currency symbol and the value.
1
If the currency symbol and the sign string are adjacent, a space separates them from the value; otherwise a space separates the currency symbol and the value.
2
If the currency symbol and the sign string are adjacent, a space separates them from the value; otherwise a space separates the sign string and the value.
n_sep_by_space
followed by an integer that indicates the separation of currency_symbol, the sign string, and the value for a negative formatted monetary quantity. The same values are recognized as for p_sep_by_space.
int_p_sep_by_space
followed by an integer that indicates the separation of int_currency_symbol, the sign string, and the value for a nonnegative internationally formatted monetary quantity. The same values are recognized as for p_sep_by_space.
int_n_sep_by_space
followed by an integer that indicates the separation of int_currency_symbol, the sign string, and the value for a negative internationally formatted monetary quantity. The same values are recognized as for p_sep_by_space.
p_sign_posn
followed by an integer that indicates where the positive_sign should be placed for a nonnegative monetary quantity:
0
Parentheses enclose the quantity and the currency_symbol or int_curr_symbol.
1
The sign string precedes the quantity and the currency_symbol or the int_curr_symbol.
2
The sign string succeeds the quantity and the currency_symbol or the int_curr_symbol.
3
The sign string precedes the currency_symbol or the int_curr_symbol.
4
The sign string succeeds the currency_symbol or the int_curr_symbol.
n_sign_posn
followed by an integer that indicates where the negative_sign should be placed for a negative monetary quantity. The same values are recognized as for p_sign_posn.
int_p_sign_posn
followed by an integer that indicates where the positive_sign should be placed for a nonnegative internationally formatted monetary quantity. The same values are recognized as for p_sign_posn.
int_n_sign_posn
followed by an integer that indicates where the negative_sign should be placed for a negative internationally formatted monetary quantity. The same values are recognized as for p_sign_posn.

The LC_MONETARY definition ends with the string END LC_MONETARY.  

LC_NAME

The definition starts with the string LC_NAME in the first column.

Various keywords are allowed, but only name_fmt is mandatory. Other keywords are needed only if there is common convention to use the corresponding salutation in this locale. The allowed keywords are as follows:

name_fmt
followed by a string containing field descriptors that define the format used for names in the locale. The following field descriptors are recognized:
%f
Family name(s).
%F
Family names in uppercase.
%g
First given name.
%G
First given initial.
%l
First given name with Latin letters.
%o
Other shorter name.
%m
Additional given name(s).
%M
Initials for additional given name(s).
%p
Profession.
%s
Salutation, such as "Doctor".
%S
Abbreviated salutation, such as "Mr." or "Dr.".
%d
Salutation, using the FDCC-sets conventions.
%t
If the preceding field descriptor resulted in an empty string, then the empty string, otherwise a space character.
name_gen
followed by the general salutation for any gender.
name_mr
followed by the salutation for men.
name_mrs
followed by the salutation for married women.
name_miss
followed by the salutation for unmarried women.
name_ms
followed by the salutation valid for all women.

The LC_NAME definition ends with the string END LC_NAME.  

LC_NUMERIC

The definition starts with the string LC_NUMERIC in the first column.

The following keywords are allowed:

decimal_point
followed by the string that will be used as the decimal delimiter when formatting numeric quantities.
thousands_sep
followed by the string that will be used as a group separator when formatting numeric quantities.
grouping
followed by a sequence of integers as plain numbers separated by semicolons that describe the formatting of numeric quantities.
Each integer specifies the number of digits in a group. The first integer defines the size of the group immediately to the left of the decimal delimiter. Subsequent integers define succeeding groups to the left of the previous group. If the last integer is not -1, then the size of the previous group (if any) is repeatedly used for the remainder of the digits. If the last integer is -1, then no further grouping is performed.

The LC_NUMERIC definition ends with the string END LC_NUMERIC.  

LC_PAPER

The definition starts with the string LC_PAPER in the first column.

Values in this category are defined as plain numbers.

The following keywords are allowed:

height
followed by the height, in millimeters, of the standard paper format.
width
followed by the width, in millimeters, of the standard paper format.

The LC_PAPER definition ends with the string END LC_PAPER.  

LC_TELEPHONE

The definition starts with the string LC_TELEPHONE in the first column.

The following keywords are allowed:

tel_int_fmt
followed by a string that contains field descriptors that identify the format used to dial international numbers. The following field descriptors are recognized:
%a
Area code without nationwide prefix (the prefix is often "00").
%A
Area code including nationwide prefix.
%l
Local number (within area code).
%e
Extension (to local number).
%c
Country code.
%C
Alternate carrier service code used for dialing abroad.
%t
If the preceding field descriptor resulted in an empty string, then the empty string, otherwise a space character.
tel_dom_fmt
followed by a string that contains field descriptors that identify the format used to dial domestic numbers. The recognized field descriptors are the same as for tel_int_fmt.
int_select
followed by the prefix used to call international phone numbers.
int_prefix
followed by the prefix used from other countries to dial this country.

The LC_TELEPHONE definition ends with the string END LC_TELEPHONE.  

LC_TIME

The definition starts with the string LC_TIME in the first column.

The following keywords are allowed:

abday
followed by a list of abbreviated names of the days of the week. The list starts with the first day of the week as specified by week (Sunday by default). See NOTES.
day
followed by a list of names of the days of the week. The list starts with the first day of the week as specified by week (Sunday by default). See NOTES.
abmon
followed by a list of abbreviated month names.
mon
followed by a list of month names.
am_pm
followed by the appropriate representation of the am and pm strings. This should be left empty for locales not using AM/PM convention.
d_t_fmt
followed by the appropriate date and time format.
d_fmt
followed by the appropriate date format.
t_fmt
followed by the appropriate time format.
t_fmt_ampm
followed by the appropriate time format when using 12h clock format. This should be left empty for locales not using AM/PM convention.
week
followed by a list of three values as plain numbers: The number of days in a week (by default 7), a date of beginning of the week (by default corresponds to Sunday), and the minimal length of the first week in year (by default 4). Regarding the start of the week, 19971130 shall be used for Sunday and 19971201 shall be used for Monday. See NOTES.
first_weekday (since glibc 2.2)
followed by the number of the first day from the day list to be shown in calendar applications. The default value of 1 (plain number) corresponds to either Sunday or Monday depending on the value of the second week list item. See NOTES.
first_workday (since glibc 2.2)
followed by the number of the first working day from the day list. The default value is 2 (plain number). See NOTES.
cal_direction
followed by a plain number value that indicates the direction for the display of calendar dates, as follows:
1
Left-right from top.
2
Top-down from left.
3
Right-left from top.
date_fmt
followed by the appropriate date representation for date(1).

The LC_TIME definition ends with the string END LC_TIME.  

FILES

/usr/lib/locale/locale-archive
Usual default locale archive location.
/usr/share/i18n/locales
Usual default path for locale definition files.
 

CONFORMING TO

POSIX.2, ISO/IEC TR 14652.  

NOTES

The collective GNU C library community wisdom regarding abday, day, week, first_weekday, and first_workday states at https://sourceware.org/glibc/wiki/Locales the following:
*
The value of the second week list item specifies the base of the abday and day lists.
*
first_weekday specifies the offset of the first day-of-week in the abday and day lists.
*
For compatibility reasons, all glibc locales should set the value of the second week list item to 19971130 (Sunday) and base the abday and day lists appropriately, and set first_weekday and first_workday to 1 or 2, depending on whether the week and work week actually starts on Sunday or Monday for the locale.
 

BUGS

This manual page isn't complete.  

SEE ALSO

locale(1), localedef(1), localeconv(3), newlocale(3), setlocale(3), uselocale(3), charmap(5), charsets(7), locale(7), unicode(7), utf-8(7)  

COLOPHON

This page is part of release 3.81 of the Linux man-pages project. A description of the project, information about reporting bugs, and the latest version of this page, can be found at http://www.kernel.org/doc/man-pages/.


 

Index

NAME
DESCRIPTION
Syntax
Locale category sections
LC_ADDRESS
LC_CTYPE
LC_COLLATE
LC_IDENTIFICATION
LC_MESSAGES
LC_MEASUREMENT
LC_MONETARY
LC_NAME
LC_NUMERIC
LC_PAPER
LC_TELEPHONE
LC_TIME
FILES
CONFORMING TO
NOTES
BUGS
SEE ALSO
COLOPHON


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