[arch-projects] [initscripts][RFC][PATCH] locale.sh: add support for user-specific locale.conf, drop DAEMON_LOCALE

Tom Gundersen teg at jklm.no
Fri Aug 24 12:16:43 EDT 2012

On Fri, Aug 24, 2012 at 4:23 PM, Dave Reisner <d at falconindy.com> wrote:
> This is going to read locale from root's home, if such a thing exists.
> An odd case perhaps, but do we really want this side effect?

Hm, $HOME is set here...? How absurd. Good catch. I suppose we just
want to unset $HOME?

No, we don't want that side effect. On the other hand, we do not want
to duplicate the code, so better find some way to make it work :)

>> -if [ -s /etc/locale.conf ]; then
>> +if [ -s $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/locale.conf ]; then
>> +     . $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/locale.conf
> This is a problem. I'm going to say that most of the time,
> XDG_CONFIG_HOME won't be defined here. We read iterate over
> /etc/profile.d in glob order (defined by current LC_COLLATE). If
> XDG_CONFIG_HOME is set by /etc/profile.d/xorg.sh, we aren't ever going
> to see this var defined.

The way XDG_* is set is just messed up. One might hope that one day it
will be done better (say by a pam module). Shouldn't need to be part
of xorg, it is useful even with no graphical login.

> In addition, when XDG_CONFIG_HOME isn't defined, then under absurd
> circumstances, /locale.conf would be read. I think you meant to combine
> this case with the one below it for $HOME/config:
> if [ -s "${XDG_CONFIG_HOME:-$HOME/.config}/locale.conf" ]; then
>   . "${XDG_CONFIG_HOME:-$HOME/.config}/locale.conf"
> fi
> But, again, with the current conditions, this just won't ever be
> defined. It's furthermore, impossible to set/override XDG_CONFIG_HOME in
> user config since it's all read post /etc/profile.
> Maybe we just stick to $HOME/.config/locale.conf?

Might as well, we can add a comment about adding back XDG_CONFIG_HOME
if it is ever likely to work. That said, I think your argument about
reading /locale.conf would also apply to $HOME being unset (?), so
we'd need to deal with that too.

Thanks for the review,


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