NLS additions to I18N chapter of developers-handbook [Was: Re: svn commit: r189765 - in head: . lib/libc lib/libc/nls]

Gábor Kövesdán gabor at
Sat Mar 14 02:11:45 UTC 2009

Robert Watson escribió:
> On Fri, 13 Mar 2009, Gabor Kovesdan wrote:
>>  - Reenable Native Language Support in libc.  This feature was 
>> disabled due
>>    to possible breakages in the catalog handling code.  Since then, that
>>    code has been replaced by the secure code from NetBSD but NLS in libc
>>    remained turned off.  Tests have shown that the feature is stable and
>>    working so we can now turn it on again.
> Do we have a nice tutorialish document somewhere on what people 
> writing new command line tools or libraries should do in order to 
> address localization requirements, or at least, make it easier for 
> other people to do so?  I'm afraid I, at least, live in a world 
> without catalogues, but a quick and practical guide to what The Right 
> Thing Is for FreeBSD would make it much easier for me to do something 
> a bit more mature.
I've spent some time on writing a short section on this trying to do 
this from a practical viewpoint. Please take a look ant tell me what do 
you think:

A patch can be found here:

(doc@ and some probable reviewers added to CC)

Gabor Kovesdan
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