[lug] grep question

Zan Lynx zlynx at acm.org
Mon Jun 11 10:58:40 MDT 2007

On my system, everything available is installed in /usr/share/locale.
The naming rule is pretty simple.  It's xx_YY.zzzz, where xx is the
language, YY is the regional variant, zzzz is the character set.

I have my LANG set to en_UI.utf8

Just for fun I copied /bin/ls into my ~/bin directory and named it:
\xe6\x99\xa6, or "晦" or U-6666.

It displays correctly in my shell, I can enter the character with
C-U6666, I can execute it, it's just all-around neat.

On Mon, 2007-06-11 at 10:01 -0600, Paul E Condon wrote: 
> On Mon, Jun 11, 2007 at 07:08:36AM -0600, Jeffrey Haemer wrote:
> > Okay, now I have time.  Here's a little more background, in five, easy
> > steps.
> > 
> ...
> > 
> > (4) On systems that approximate POSIX-conformance, these behaviors are
> > governed by environment variables called things like LC_MONETARY and LC_TIME
> > and LC_COLLATE.  There is, however, one ring that rules them all.   Okay,
> > two rings:  LANG and LC_ALL.  They differ in subtle but boring ways.  Use
> > LANG: it's fewer characters to type.  If you try "echo $LANG" you'll see
> > what rules someone has told your system you want.
> > 
> > (5) To provide normal, predictable, sane behavior -- or, as it's known in
> > marketing circles, "traditional Unix behavior" -- say LANG=C.  You can say
> > other stuff that works, too, like LANG=POSIX or LANG=XOPEN or even (I'm
> > pretty sure -- all of this is from memory) unset LANG.
> > The first of these, LANG=C, is the fewest characters to type.
> > 
> > This help?
> Not quite as much help as I would like. When I type "echo $LANG", I
> see 'en_US', which surely is the name of a set of rules. Its pretty
> clear that a step is missing. How do I go from a name of a set of
> rules to the value of the set? There is likely a web site that lists
> the well-known rule set names and values. Do you know the URL?
Zan Lynx <zlynx at acm.org>
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