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Re: A language by any other name

On Thu, Sep 13, 2001 at 11:07:43AM +0200, Marcelo E. Magallon wrote:
> Hi,
>  some days ago I submitted a bug (111465) against the "locales" package
>  asking for the inclusion of the alias "english" for the locale
>  "en_US.ISO-8851-1".  Ben Collins, the maintainer of "locales", swiftly
>  closed it with this message:
>     Find a consensus on whether english should be en_US or en_UK and
>     I'll do it. As I fail to think you will find this consensus, I'm
>     closing this bug.
>  My bug was triggered by the fact that gdm offers a long selection of
>  languages, among them English (without bells and whistles, just plain
>  old "English") and in case you select that, it sets the environment
>  variable LANG to that, "english".  Since that locale doesn't exist, and
>  there isn't an alias for that, this causes some programs to emit
>  spurious warnings about undefined/invalid locales.  I don't care.  For
>  me the solution is to set LANG in my .bashrc (or unset it, which is
>  what I actually do -- I noticed the bug because this was a new
>  installation where my standard environment wasn't available yet).
>  Since other users are likely to hit this, too, I submitted at bug.  At
>  first I was going to submit it against gdm, for setting LANG to a "bad"
>  value, but then I noticed /etc/locale.alias contains things like:

What if the gdm pkg cut off `plain' english?
Maybe a choice among english_british and english_american could
me more correct. 
What about english_italian also :) ? We speak brooklino instead of
plain english, generally ...

Francesco P. Lovergine

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