Custom locale to use ISO 8601 date format

A.J. Kehoe IV (Nanoman) nanoman at nanoman.ca
Sun Jun 7 14:51:08 UTC 2015


andrew clarke wrote:
>Here in Australia the general population uses the British DD/MM/YY
>format for representing dates, eg. today is 07/06/15, and the
>en_AU.UTF-8 locale in FreeBSD 10.1 honours that:
>
>lrwxr-xr-x  1 root  wheel  22 17 Feb  2011 /usr/share/locale/en_AU.UTF-8/LC_TIME -> ../en_GB.UTF-8/LC_TIME
>
>However I wanted programs to use the ISO 8601 YYYY-MM-DD date format
>(2015-06-07) instead. To do this in Linux, the general method seems to
>set LC_TIME=en_DK.utf8, but FreeBSD has no locale by that name.

[...]

Thanks for sharing your patch, Andrew!  Personally, I wish everybody would adopt ISO 8601, or even ISO 2014, which was standardized twelve years earlier in the year 1976.

Canada uses ISO 8601, but this isn't reflected in FreeBSD's en_CA locale, so I submitted this patch:

https://bugs.freebsd.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=200079

After somebody commits this patch (or a patch that does something similar), you could use en_CA instead of having to manually patch every system you maintain.

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