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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
> Hi,
> 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
for example).

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
the best?

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
aurelien@aurel32.net                 http://www.aurel32.net

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