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Re: And now for something completely different... etch!

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Frans Pop <aragorn@tiscali.nl> writes:

> On Tuesday 07 June 2005 22:10, Roger Leigh wrote:
>> - When UTF-8 is the default locale, it shouldn't need a .UTF-8
>> suffix, e.g. en_GB will be UTF-8, and en_GB.ISO-8859-1 will be Latin-1
>> (the opposite way round to the current situation which creates
>> en_GB.UTF-8 and en_GB [Latin-1]).
>> [...]
>> This won't affect existing installs, so breakage should be none to
>> minimal. 
> This looks to be a contradiction.
> If you make UTF-8 default and remove the suffix for UTF-8 usage, won't 
> existing installs that have LANG=en_GB in their /etc/environment be very 
> much affected?

Existing installs are already configured with debconf.  Their
/etc/locale.gen will not be touched.

If you do dpkg-reconfigure locales, then users could have the locale
switch to UTF-8 if they so choose.  The system should then carry on
working like normal, except for the fact that they are now using the

There is potential for breakage if they have any software that does
not behave correctly in a UTF-8 locale.  IMO we should treat such
packages as being seriously buggy, and get them fixed or removed.
Nowadays, there should be few pieces of software that break this way,
and there is really no excuse for it.


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