Subject: Re: userlevel tools and setlocale(3)
To: None <tech-userlevel@NetBSD.org>
From: Aleksey Cheusov <email@example.com>
Date: 04/29/2006 00:24:33
> On Fri, Apr 28, 2006 at 05:56:06PM +0300, Aleksey Cheusov wrote:
>> > On Thu, Apr 27, 2006 at 09:53:56PM +0300, Aleksey Cheusov wrote:
>> >> What do you think about the following patch for nawk?
>> >> With this patch applied, awk will exit with error
>> >> if LANG or LC_ variable are set to incorrect value,
>> > Incorrect locale settings are softerrors, since it is entire
>> > possible that a single part of a locale is not defined. setlocale()
>> > is well-behaving in that regard, it falls back to "C", as if nothing
>> > had happened.
>> With this "softerror" scripts that rely on locale
>> work _completely_ incorrect with no chance of signaling
>> user about errors.
Ok, I have a chance. Really, I know about locale(1) wery well. But I
assume that embedding locale(1) to each locale-specific script is not
the best way to really fix a problem. BTW, locale is not a standard
utility, and AFAIK FreeBSD-4 (it is still widely used) was shipped
with no locale(1) utility at all. So, My script cannot be really
portable. I'm not expert in OpenBSD and in BSD in general,
but I cannot find locale(1) in OpenBSD-8 too.
Best regards, Aleksey Cheusov.