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       localepurge - reclaim disk space removing unneeded localizations




       localepurge is a small script to recover disk space wasted for unneeded
       locale files and localized man pages. It will be automagically  invoked
       by  dpkg  upon  completion  of  any apt installation run.   You have to
       define the locale directory names you want to keep from  removal  after
       each  apt  installation  run  in  the /etc/locale.nopurge configuration
       file.  Unless localepurge has been adequately configured, the  system's
       localization files won't be touched at all.
       The contents of following directories will be affected from removals:
       - /usr/share/doc/kde/HTML
       - /usr/share/gnome/help
       - /usr/share/locale
       - /usr/share/man
       - /usr/share/omf
       The  localization  files  you  actually  need  and which you want to be
       preserved on your system  can  be  easily  configured  by  running  the
       following command:
       dpkg-reconfigure localepurge


       The  configurable options consist of toggling verbose output, reporting
       a summary of freed space, and deletion of  localized  manual  pages  in
       addition   to   locale   files.   All  actions  are  specified  in  the
       /etc/locale.nopurge configuration file.
       For detailed debugging the commandline switch -debug or just a short -d
       instead  are  available  for usage.  For verbose output the commandline
       switch -verbose or just a short -v can be added.


       Please note, that this tool is a hack  which  is  not  integrated  with
       Debian's  package  management system and therefore is not meant for the
       faint of heart.  Responsibility for its usage and possible breakage  of
       your system therefore lies in the sysadmin's (your) hands.
       Please   definitely   do   abstain  from  reporting  any  bugs  blaming
       localepurge if you break your system by using it.  If  you  don't  know
       what  you are doing and can't handle any resulting breakage on your own
       then please simply don't use it.
       All locale directories  containing  a  subdirectory  named  LC_MESSAGES
       which   are  either  commented  out  or  not  even  listed  at  all  in
       /etc/locale.nopurge will be irreversibly  deleted.   The  only  way  to
       reinstall  any  lost  locales  is  a complete reinstallation of all the
       Debian         packages          containing          them.          See
       /usr/share/doc/localepurge/      for     a     recipe.
       Alternatively  you  can  reconfigure  it  with  dpkg-reconfigure(8)  to
       prevent locale files from being purged during subsequent runs of apt.

SOLVING PROBLEMS caused by localepurge

       This program does interfere with the Debian package management and does
       provoke strange, but usually harmless, behaviour  of  programs  related
       with  apt/dpkg  like dpkg-repack(1), debsums(1), reportbug(1), etc.  If
       you need to have any package in its full integrity  so  that  e.g.  the
       formerly  mentioned  programs  work  as  designed  by its author and as
       expected by  you,  simply  deinstall  localepurge  temporarily  without
       purging  its configuration and reinstall the packages you need in their
       fully integral state. When you  are  done  with  what  you  needed  the
       integral packages for simply reinstall localepurge again.




       Administrators  of  systems with short disk space should have a look at
       both the deborphan and debfoster  packages.  Especially  debfoster  can
       work wonders for your scarce disk space!



       localepurge and its accompanying manual page was written for the Debian
       GNU/Linux  system  by  Paul  Seelig  <>  with   major
       contributions from Gustavo Noronha Silva <> who added the
       first debconf functionality.  The author sincerely hopes that some  day
       further  development  of  Debian's great package management system will
       make localepurge fully obsolete.