Locales mini-HOWTO: Notes.

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  • In order to set up locales on my machine I had to upgrade a few things. Apparently ftp.tu-clausthal.de:/pub/linux/SLT/nls contains a a.out version of locale and localedef (in the file nlsutils-0.5.tar.gz), so if you don’t have an ELF system, or don’t want one you can use the above. There is probably a copy of the nlsutils package some other place, but I have not looked for it. I hadn’t known that there was a stand alone version of locale and localedef, and kind of figured that you would have to have the corresponding libc installed. Because of this a lot of this HOWTO is just a log of what I had to do to upgrade libc and family. If you do this, as I have you, will need to be running an ELF system, or upgrade to one as you set up your locales.
  • The sorts of system upgrades that I did are the same sort of upgrades that have to be done to upgrade from a.out to ELF. If you haven’t done this, or if you have upgraded to ELF by reinstalling Linux then you should get the resent ELF HOWTO from a sunsite mirror. This is an excellent guide, and gives additional guidance for installing libc, ld.so, and other ELF system upgrades.
  • For anything that you install, read the appropriate release notes, or README type files. If you mess up your system by misinterpreting something that I say here, or ( hopefully not ) by doing something that I say in here, please don’t blame me.
  • Mis-installing a new libc, and ld.so, could leave you with an unbootable system. You probably ought to have a boot disk handy, and make sure any critical, non-replaceable, data is backed up.
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