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> > Why should I use locales ever again? This behaviour is not just hateful; it > is outright terrifying. > Locales are very useful. They make internalization of large software systems a snap. For example, I once saw a hieroglyphic error message from what looked like perror (it read something like "my/path: ^&@^#@($^", under circumstances suggesting the translation "my/path: Is a directory"). An inquiry lead to the conclusion that I've unintentionally asked for a "Japanese" session at the KDE login dialog, playing with the menu before logging in. OK, so the other zillion strings remained in English. Still, it must feel much better for Japanese people to see: > hairy_program opening x... doing y... z: Is a directory Translated to their mother toungue: > hairy_program opening x... doing y... z: ^&@^#@($^ Locales are very useful indeed.
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