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       locale-gen - compile a list of locale definition files


       locale-gen [options] [locale] [language] ...


       Compiled  locale  files  take  about 50MB of disk space, and most users
       only need few locales.  In order to save disk  space,  compiled  locale
       files  are not distributed in the locales package, but selected locales
       are automatically generated when this package is installed  by  running
       the locale-gen program.

       If  a  list of languages and/or locales is specified as arguments, then
       locale-gen only generates these particular locales  and  adds  the  new
       ones to /var/lib/locales/supported.d/local.  Otherwise it generates all
       supported locales.

       Locale data files can be  stored  either  in  a  single  archive  file,
       /usr/lib/locale/locale-archive,  or  in  a  deep  tree where individual
       files are stored under /usr/lib/locale/<locale_name>/LC_*.  But  unlike
       the  locales  package, compiled locale definitions are not removed when
       running locale-gen, and locales  are  compiled  again  only  if  locale
       source files have changed.


       These options override settings found in /etc/belocs/locale-gen.conf.

       --help Display an help message and exit.

              Remove all existing locales before processing.

              Do not remove existing locales before processing.

              When  this  option  is  set,  locale data are stored in a single
              archive /usr/lib/locale/locale-archive.

              When  this  option  is  set,   locale   data   are   stored   in
              /usr/lib/locale/<locale_name>/LC_*  files.  This is the default.

              Locale aliases are read from FILE.


              List all  locales  to  generate.   File  format  is  similar  to

              Customize how compiled locale files are stored onto disk.

              Compiled locale data.

              Generated  archive containing compiled locale data, if --archive
              flag is set.

              Directory used to keep track of changes in locale source  files.


       localedef(1), locale(1), locale-gen.conf(5).


       The  locale-gen  program  was  originally  written  by  Debian GNU libc
       maintainers,   and    has    been    improved    by    Denis    Barbier
       <>  for  the belocs-locales-bin package.  This manual
       page has been rewritten from scratch to document the current  behavior.