Subject: Re: Strange directory names
To: Martin Husemann <>
From: Douglas Wade Needham <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 11/06/2004 12:40:46

The problem is that "i18n" and several terms like it are now pretty
much in the same class as "X11R6", and "XPG4".  And let's just face it
that the names of technical standards do look like leetspeek, or
rather that leetspeek looks like many of our standards names.  No
different than the script kiddies and others calling themselves
"hackers" when they never have understood that the origin for that was
cutting the wires on program boards to change a program.

- Doug (was was still hacking jumpers on program boards in 1984).

Quoting Martin Husemann (
> On Tue, Nov 02, 2004 at 11:51:39AM +0900, YAMAMOTO Takashi wrote:
> > do you have any technical reason to change it?
> No, not at all. I just jave a personal very deep dislike for "i18n"
> and other leetspeek terms in general.
> I just wondered if these directory wouldn't fit under /usr/share/locale - 
> but I see the confusion that would cause. (And maybe this is all because
> I don't realy understand the contents of the i18n directories)
> > otherwise, please don't.
> Sure, I won't. But please document it in hier(7).
> Martin

Douglas Wade Needham - KA8ZRT        UN*X Consultant & UW/BSD kernel programmer
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