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Re: Locales and belocs-locales-data, some explanations

On Tue, Aug 09, 2005 at 01:48:14AM +0200, Denis Barbier wrote:
>   * By default, locales are written into the old format (not into an
>     archive file).  My motivation was that if someone needs to add a
>     local locale, she can compile her locale into $HOME/share/locale
>     and set LOCPATH to $HOME/share/locale:/usr/lib/locale if she
>     wants to use either her preferred locale or a system one, e.g.
>     with LANGUAGE=xx_XX:de
>     But this will work only if system locales are compiled in old
>     style, not with archive.  I also made benchmarks to see if
>     archive was faster, and IIRC noticed no significant difference.
>     This behavior can be overridden by the --archive flag.

Bruno Haible wrote in
  Similarly, he has put all the locale data files into a single big
  archive, to reduce the number of open() calls at program startup.

On Red Hat, locales are compiled into both old and new formats,
certainly to take advantage of both sides.


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