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Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2019 16:55:52 -0500
From: "A. Wilcox" <>
Subject: Re: printf doesn't respect locale

On 10/09/2019 13:43, Szabolcs Nagy wrote:
> i think libc should mainly aim for reliability of systems
> software and not for friendliness of ui applications.

While reliability is important, I disagree that reliability should
*exclude* UI.

musl already causes crashes or other unexpected behaviour when system
software isn't written correctly.  That's a feature, not a bug.  If musl
supporting ',' as radix point causes bad software to crash, then that
software needs to be fixed.

We at Adélie field requests nearly every day wondering why our system
doesn't support other locales for things like sort, LC_NUMERIC,
LC_MONETARY, etc etc.  The only reason I haven't been more active in
developing musl's locale support is because I'm too busy doing other
important work.

We would be *extremely* disappointed if LC_NUMERIC would never be
supported in upstream musl.  We would have to maintain a patch to add
LC_NUMERIC support when the rest of musl's locale support is developed.


A. Wilcox (awilfox)
Project Lead, Adélie Linux

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