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UPDATE-LOCALE-CONFIG

UPDATE-LOCALE-CONFIG

Section: Debian GNU/Linux User's Manual (8) Updated: 2004-10-20
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NAME

update-locale-config - Update differnt programs' language settings  

SYNOPSIS

update-locale-config [--preinst|-p] [--list|-l] <language>

 

DESCRIPTION

update-locale-config is a script that automatically updates the language settings of different programs based on the language code passed as parameter. This script is run by base-config throughout the Debian installation process so that the user language selection is made visible to packages and thus preventing debconf interfaces from asking questions related to language settings and adjusting packages' system-wide configuration files to the user selection.

update-locale-config can run in two modes, pre-inst or post-inst (the default). Pre-inst mode will run all scripts under /usr/lib/localization-config with a preinst suffix, most of these scripts will do debconf preseeding and will run before packages are actually installed. The postinst mode (default) will run all scripts under the same directory with a postinst suffix, most of these will modify configuration files that are available once the package has been installed on the system.

System administrators should not need to run update-locale-config by hand, although this option is available. Notice, however, that running update-locale-config in pre-inst mode will not affect the system unless the packages whose debconf configuration has changed are reconfigured (with dpkg-reconfigure PACKAGE).

Users should not run update-locale-config as all the changes this script makes are systemwide. If a user wants to change his locale configuration and adjust the language configuration of his own configuration files set-language-env (available in the language-env package) should be used instead.

 

OPTIONS

-d | --debug
Debugging mode
-l | --list
List supported locales.
-p | --preinst
Run the pre-install scripts instead of the (default) postinst scripts.
language
specify your favorite native language. Here are some of the supported languages:
ca_ES@euro Catalan (Spain)
da_DK Danish
de_BE@euro German (Belgium)
de_DE@euro German (Germany)
el_GR.UTF-8 Greek (Greece, UTF-8 mode)
es_ES@euro Spanish (Spain)
es_MX Spanish (Mexico)
fr_BE@euro French (Belgium)
fr_FR@euro French (France)
lv_LV Latvian
nb_NO or no_NO (depricated) Norwegian Bokmaal
nds_DE Low Saxon
nl_BE@euro Dutch (Belgium)
nl_NL@euro Dutch (The Netherlands)
nn_NO Norwegian Nynorsk
se_NO Northern Sami
 

PACKAGE SCRIPTS

Support for new packages is based on scripts present in /usr/lib/localization-config. These scripts must analyse the official locale language code (language[_territory][.codeset][@modifier]) and modify the package as appropriate. Since language modifications might vary between different package versions, the scripts in that directory should just check the package version and call scripts in per-distribution subdirectories (sarge, woody, etc.).

These scripts take as input the locale language code and should do whatever modifications are need in order to configure the package. Possible modifications include:

debconf-preseeding
If the package asks to the user through debconf settings that might depend on the language and charset, and if an accurate guess can be made based on the users locale language code then the script should preseed the debconf values so that the user will not have to answer the questions himself upon package installation. Debconf preseeding is usually done in the preinst phase.
configuration file modification If the package has configuration files that can be modified to adjust for the user's selection of locale language code, the script should make any reasonable changes in order to help the user configure the package. Conffiles (see Debian policy) should be treated with extreme care (to avoid prompts of configuration file changes by dpkg when upgrading).
All changes done by the scripts should be idempotent.
 

LANGUAGE SUPPORT

Language support is embedded in the scripts available at /usr/lib/localization-config. These scripts hold the knowledge on how to transform a given language code into a package's modification. Adding support for a new language (or variant) should be done by modifying these scripts. The code presently available that provides support for some languages could be used as a basis for new language support. In many scripts, adding support for a new language is just a matter of defining it and the values that need to be changed for it in a database of languages and changes (actually implemented in most cases as hash array in Perl)  

FILES

/usr/lib/localization-config
Location of the scripts that adjust programs to use the user configured locale.
 

SEE ALSO

base-config(8), debconf(1), language-env(1), locale(1)

Recommended reading also includes Debian GNU/Linux - Install manual (available at http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/installmanual) which descirbes how language and country selection works in the debian installer and Introduction to i18n (available at http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/intro-i18n/) which describes i18n (and locale) to developers.  

BUGS

Bugs regarding this software should be sent against the localization-config package, preferably using the report-bug script.  

AUTHOR

This software and a first version of the manpage was written by Dagfinn Ilmari Mannsaaker <ilmari@ping.uio.no> for the Skolelinux distribution. This manpage was later modified for the Debian GNU/Linux by Javier Fernandez-Sanguino. Minor changes by Konstantinos Margaritis


 

Index

NAME
SYNOPSIS
DESCRIPTION
OPTIONS
PACKAGE SCRIPTS
LANGUAGE SUPPORT
FILES
SEE ALSO
BUGS
AUTHOR

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