Need help fixing failing locale tests

NGie Cooper yaneurabeya at
Sun Nov 15 07:24:41 UTC 2015

> On Nov 14, 2015, at 23:09, John Marino <dragonflybsd at> wrote:
> On 11/15/2015 4:46 AM, NGie Cooper wrote:
>>> On Nov 14, 2015, at 19:28, NGie Cooper <yaneurabeya at> wrote:
>>> Why were these locales removed?
>>> 58 OLD_FILES+=usr/share/locale/la_LN.ISO8859-1/LC_COLLATE
>>> 59 OLD_FILES+=usr/share/locale/la_LN.ISO8859-1/LC_CTYPE
>>> 60 OLD_FILES+=usr/share/locale/la_LN.ISO8859-1/LC_TIME
>>> 61 OLD_DIRS+=usr/share/locale/la_LN.ISO8859-1
>>> 62 OLD_FILES+=usr/share/locale/la_LN.ISO8859-13/LC_COLLATE
>>> 63 OLD_FILES+=usr/share/locale/la_LN.ISO8859-13/LC_CTYPE
>>> 64 OLD_DIRS+=usr/share/locale/la_LN.ISO8859-13
>> la_LN.ISO8859-1 is the old Latin locale, which is no longer installed. Copying over locale files from a stable/10 host works, but I’m confused as to why a bunch of locales weren’t ported over in their non-UTF-8 forms.
>> Thanks,
> We (DragonFly) didn't just update locales.  We took the opportunity to
> do spring cleaning.  We didn't want to be as drastic as OpenBSD which
> removed all encodings except for C/POSIX and UTF, but we did remove
> several locales intentionally.
> In the case of ISO8859-1:
> All ISO8859-* is basically obsolete.
> In western Europe, if somebody wants ISO-8859, they want ISO8859-15, not
> ISO8859-1.  They are similar, but the former is tailored for western
> europe with "Euro" currency and 9 other symbols.  It comes at the
> expense of removing 10 characters from ISO8859-1.  There's also a common
> problem that users view -15 documents with -1 accidently.  So there was
> a conscience decision to have either ISO8859-1 or ISO8859-15 but not
> both.  For western Europe this means the ISO8859-1 versions were dropped.
> ISO8859-15:
> In the case of USA and other non-European countries, they keep -1 and
> dropped -15.
> currency based:
> In the case of countries where the currency symbols is not part of
> ISO8859, it was dropped.  E.g. Costa Rica uses the Colon which is only
> in UTF-8, so there's no ISO8859-* encoding at all for CR.
> Latin:
> Who speaks Latin today?
> This was mainly an alias for 7-bit ascii.  We originally dropped that,
> but later moved it to US-ASCII (which was just a symlink to Latin before)
> Bapt liked DF approach well enough that he adopted it.  Even Edwin was
> first in desiring to clean up locales.  The major update was a perfect time.
> Bottom line:
> The testsuite needs to be updated.
> e.g. use de_DE.ISO8859-15 intead of de_DE.ISO8859-1
> For latin, replace with US-ASCII equivalent.

	I wish this had been clearly communicated here: … instead, there are some POLA violations:
	1. No RelNotes.
	2. No summary of locales that have been removed.
	3. No UPDATING entry for people to migrate from a locale to another.
	4. Deprecated locales (as you described it above) are still present on my system after running `make delete-old` (assuming I have my acronyms right, for example, ca_ES, it_CH, etc should be -1, not -15 based on your claim above).
	I will update the testcases to use locales if possible, but more work needs to be done finishing off this project and documenting for end-users what has changed.

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