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

Dave Reisner d at falconindy.com
Fri Aug 24 13:02:09 EDT 2012

On Fri, Aug 24, 2012 at 06:16:43PM +0200, Tom Gundersen wrote:
> 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?

Ah, no nevermind... It's a non-interactive shell that was spawned by PID
1.  HOME isn't going to be set here. A dump of the available environment
just shows me:


Still, I guess my point is that we should be testing for the presence of
variables before trying to expand them.

if [ -n "$HOME" ] && [ -s "$HOME/.config/locale.conf ]; then

> 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.

I think other distros might order scripts by number. I've always thought
that /etc/profile.d stuff is pretty ridiculous, but it's also roughly
par for the course when you're talking about anything involving shell.

> > 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,
> Tom

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