Re: Splitting locales and i18ndata from glibc into some sane packages
On Fri, Oct 06, 2000 at 03:57:58AM -0700, Joey Hess wrote:
> * Pick the top 5 or 10 languages that are spoken by a large percentage of
> the world/computer users, and put them in one package, which will
> probably be about 2 mb in size. Put all the other, rarer languages in
> another package, which I guess will be 18 mb or so in size. It doesn't
> satisfy everyone, but it makes things easier for a lot of people
> without inconveniencing anyone more than they are now.
For my /usr/share/locale (after removing kde-i18n-eo, which would have skewed
top 5, by size (de*, fr*, es*, ru*, ja*): 12 MB
next 5 (pl*, cs*, pt*, it*, sv*): 9 MB
rest, by size: 14 MB
Most of the languages that are spoken by a large percentage of the world
(according to the World Almanac) aren't even in /usr/share/locale: Hindi,
Bengali, Arabic, Malay-Indonisian. The rest: Spanish, English, Portugese,
Russian, Japenese, German and French are all up there, except en* (252 KB).
As I suspected, the big 5/10 are fairly dominant size-wise. Everything
proposed so far seems fairly arbitrary, besides breaking it down by language,
which isn't feasible.
How many people have long LANGUAGE's? If there are some fairly consistent
trends (da:sv:de, for example), we should perhaps package those together.
(I would offer my own, but eo:en:de:la:sw is probably so ubiquitous as to
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