Bug#603914: Please drop non-UTF8 locales
On Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 02:07:37PM +0100, Josselin Mouette wrote:
> Package: locales
> Version: 2.11.2-7
> Severity: wishlist
> I think wheezy would be a good time to finally ditch non-UTF8 locales.
> IIRC, we made the switch to UTF8 by default in etch (and we were already
> way too late in doing that), and supporting non-UTF8 stuff becomes
> harder and harder, at least for desktop software.
> I think we should make it clear that legacy locales are not supported
> anymore. Maybe by dropping them entirely, maybe by just not proposing
> them by default.
While I fully support this idea, I am sure if such a thing is decided
and implemented by the glibc maintainers, we are going to spend a lot of
time arguing and closing bug reports. It's always the same when you try
to reduce the possible choices of users (see recent tzdata bug reports
That's why I think it should be decided by a more respectable team, such
as the release team or even the tech ctte. What do you think would be
About the technical part, I would go to not proposing them by default in
order to not break existing installations.
Aurelien Jarno GPG: 1024D/F1BCDB73