[arch-general] locale variables

m a mantonavia at gmail.com
Sun Jun 24 11:09:03 EDT 2012

>>> Dear list,
>>> I am fine tuning my Arch box, trying to understand and configuring step
>> by step.
>>> I just realised I didn't take care of all the file.pacnew in /etc, and
>>> I
>> am now taking each one.
>>> Now dealing with *locale.gen.pacnew
>>> *I am not sure to fully understand the locale set up. My box is in
>> English, but I am living in Switzerland, write and read english and
>> french,
>>> and uses a QWERTZU keyborad configured via keyborad layout in XFCE
>> settings.
>>> *[gabx at magnolia etc]$ locale -a
>>> C
>>> en_US
>>> en_US.iso88591
>>> en_US.utf8
>>> POSIX*
>>> It seems to me some lignes about French and euro are missing. Am I
>>> right?
>> Looking at the list etc/locale.pacnew, I was thinking adding
>>> these locales :
>>> #fr_CH.UTF-8 UTF-8
>>> #fr_CH ISO-8859-1
>>> #fr_FR.UTF-8 UTF-8
>>> #fr_FR ISO-8859-1
>>> #fr_FR at euro ISO-8859-15
>>> Am I right to add all these locales?
>>> I understand I must run *$logal-gen* to add these modifications.
>>> What should I do with the locale.gen.pacnew ?? How can I update my
>>> system
>> correctly? I see that all locales are going to */usr/share/
>>> i18n/locales*, and I guess locale.gen.pacnew will modify this list,
>>> but I
>> have no idea how to do that.
>>> TY for help.
>> Have you uncommented these in /etc/locale.gen, and then did the "$
>> locale-gen" thing?
>> If you haven't, I think you should do it. And then merge the .pacnew
>> file
>> with the old one.
> My only /etc/locale.gen is shown as a binary, with type "Genesis ROM" in
> Thunar (XFCE). Seems strange, as I can see it as a text file when using
> a text editor (maybe the .gen extension is mistaking Thunar).
> So I shall edit it and uncomment the following lines :
> #fr_CH.UTF-8 UTF-8
> #fr_CH ISO-8859-1
> #fr_FR.UTF-8 UTF-8
> #fr_FR ISO-8859-1
> #fr_FR at euro ISO-8859-15
> Then merge with locale.gen.pacnew?
> That's fine, but doesn't tell me IF I really need these locales on my
> system.

Maybe it does, I don't know. Haven't ever used xfce to be able to say
anything about something like that.

As for the locales, I think you should only add the first two.

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