Bug#522776: debian-policy: mandate existence of a standardised UTF-8 locale
Samuel Thibault <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> Well, it's mostly
> - some people saying "it's useless",
> - while other people saying "I need it",
> and also
> - "en_US.UTF-8 is just fine" vs.
> - "en_US.UTF-8 sucks, we really need C.UTF-8 instead"
> without any convergence.
I think the way to get past that is to make a specific proposal.
With my Lintian maintainer hat on, I need a UTF-8 locale that's guaranteed
to always be available. Right now, we're doing something complicated and
annoying (and fragile on Ubuntu) to generate one on the fly (en_US.UTF-8
just because it's probably always there), and we would love to stop doing
I agree with others in this thread that having a UTF-8 locale without the
collation changes implied by en_US is very useful for various software
packages such as automated test suites that want reproducible results and
were originally written for the C locale.
Russ Allbery (email@example.com) <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>