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Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 15:14:08 -0400
From: Rich Felker <>
Subject: Re: Locale bikeshed time

On Sat, Jul 26, 2014 at 08:59:04PM +0200, wrote:
> On Sat, Jul 26, 2014 at 02:23:48PM -0400, Rich Felker wrote:
> > > but using anything other than '.' as the decimal point is broken
> > 
> > Agreed. BTW if you support arbitrary radix characters, you should not
> > restrict it to ASCII; this then means the length in bytes of floating
> I think there is some international recommendations which actually
> say "either '.' or ',' but not anything else".

According to Stephane Chazelas on oss-security
(, glibc
allows '2' as the radix point...

This is yet another reason for musl's locale system having an "only
allow variations that are necessary" approach: it limits the impact of
malicious locale files if a user can somehow trick a privileged
process into using one.


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