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locale.alias(5) File Formats Manual locale.alias(5)


locale.alias - Locale name alias data base


The locale.alias database file (/usr/share/locale/locale.alias) is used by the locale command and the X Window System It describes aliases for the locales, with each line being of the form

<alias> <localename>

Where <localename> is in the POSIX format: xx_YY.CHARSET. The first two letters xx are the ISO-639 Language code,
the next two YY are the ISO-3166 Country code, and the Charset is one of the character sets (listed in /usr/share/i18n/charsets ). The aliases can be free text; they are normally the English language name, or simpler versions of the POSIX locale name.

Lines beginning with Hash ("#") are treated as comments and ignored.


locale(1), localedef(1)


Alastair McKinstry <>

January 2002 Debian GNU/Linux