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locales suck (was: Re: Per thread locales)

On Mon, Dec 28, 2015 at 06:22:28PM -0500, James K. Lowden wrote:
 > > (besides "locales are broken by design", which is true but unhelpful)\
 > Do you perhaps have a favorite "locales considered harmful" link?  

No, but consider this:

 - Shell scripts depend on the output format of programs and the
output format of most programs is free to vary arbitrarily by locale.

 - You cannot use UTF-8 without turning on a locale, because for some
reason Unicode support is coupled to locale handling.

 - A well-conceived design would not need any such thing as a "C"

David A. Holland

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