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Date: Wed, 4 May 2016 17:39:38 -0400
From: Rich Felker <>
Subject: Re: gettext and locale names

On Wed, May 04, 2016 at 10:05:28PM +0900, Masanori Ogino wrote:
> Hello,
> When I played with gettext API, I found that musl searches .mo files
> with a directory named as current *full* locale names, e.g.
> en_US.UTF-8. However, we often use shortened names too. Here is a list
> of those names from those of my machine in /usr/share/locale: de,
> en_GB, ru_UA.koi8u,, etc.
> Due to this mismatch, we can't get translations with musl's gettext
> API for applications in wild. Thus, I'm considering to implement
> locale searching with shortening. Does it make sense?

Yes, I think this makes sense. Before spending time on the code though
it makes sense to discuss the proposed logic here. What level would
the search/shortening happen at? __get_locale in locale_map.c? In


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