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Date: Thu, 1 Dec 2022 23:31:32 -0600
From: "A. Wilcox" <>
Subject: Default binding directory for gettext


While updating the package ‘cracklib’ for Adélie Linux, I found it does
not give localised messages, because it does not call bindtextdomain(3),
only textdomain(3).  This does work on glibc and GNU gettext as a
library, which use /usr/share/locale as a default binding.

Is it intentional that there is no default binding for gettext?  I
believe the GNU implementation is meant to be canonical for behaviour of
gettext, and this seems to not match.  From,
emphasis mine:

> The directory name given in bindtextdomains second argument **(or the
default directory)**, followed by the name of the locale, the locale
category, and the domain name are concatenated

Since this technically isn’t portable when the software is installed in
a different $PREFIX, I did open, so this should be fixed in
a future release of the package.  Still, I wasn’t sure if this musl
behaviour was desired or not.  My personal feeling is that both are
wrong; bindtextdomain is needed in the case of non-standard PREFIX, but
musl should have a default fallback path for packages that elide the


A. Wilcox (they/them)
SW Engineering: C/C++, DevOps, POSIX
Wilcox Technologies Inc.

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