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Bug 117025 - RPM config shouldn't set LANG=C
RPM config shouldn't set LANG=C
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3
Classification: Red Hat
Component: redhat-rpm-config (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Elliot Lee
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Reported: 2004-02-27 11:10 EST by Owen Taylor
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:07 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2004-12-10 11:05:26 EST
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Description Owen Taylor 2004-02-27 11:10:55 EST
I don't think setting LANG=C is a good idea; in particular,
the C locale has a CTYPE that only allows ASCII characters,
so text utilities can't process internationlized text in
the C locale.

Possible downside:

 - Scripts may be broken; e.g., use [A-Z] to match
   only ASCII characters

I don't think this will actually be a big problem because
packages presumably get build occasionally without 
redhat-rpm-config, but it probably is best to do it not
at a critical time in a release cycle.

It was proposed that a downside was that only certain
translations would get installed, but that is LINGUAS,
not LANG. LANG has no effect on installed translations.
Comment 1 Elliot Lee 2004-02-27 11:13:27 EST
This change sounds fine, but just needs to be checked for side effects
- perhaps by doing a mass rebuild in an environment that includes the
redhat-rpm-config, and then checking the file lists of the resulting
Comment 2 Owen Taylor 2004-12-02 17:03:02 EST
If the NEEDINFO means you are waiting for me to do such
a test, you might as well close the bug now, there is no chance
I'll have the time to do that.

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