locale-gen generates localisation files from templates
This manual page documents briefly the locale-gen command.
By default, the locale package which provides the base support for
localisation of libc-based programs does not contain usable localisa
tion files for every supported language. This limitation has became
necessary because of the substantial size of such files and the large
number of languages supported by libc. As a result, Debian uses a spe
cial mechanism where we prepare the actual localisation files on the
target host and distribute only the templates for them.
locale-gen is a program that reads the file /etc/locale.gen and invokes
localedef for the chosen localisation profiles. Run locale-gen after
you have modified the /etc/locale.gen file.
The main configuration file, which has a simple format: every line that
is not empty and does not begin with a # is treated as a locale defini
tion that is to be built.
localedef (1), locale (1), locale.gen (5).
This manual page was written by Eduard Bloch for the
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