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Bug#522776: debian-policy: mandate existence of a standardised UTF-8 locale

Samuel Thibault <sthibault@debian.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 (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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