Bug 15731 - Setting japanese locale, causes all OS commands to fail
Summary: Setting japanese locale, causes all OS commands to fail
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Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: locale-ja   
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Version: 7.0
Hardware: All Linux
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Assignee: Matt Wilson
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Reported: 2000-08-08 15:32 UTC by Need Real Name
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2000-08-29 13:20:54 UTC
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Description Need Real Name 2000-08-08 15:32:12 UTC
Installed a mostly default english version of Pinstripe Beta-3 and also

If you run:
  1. export LANG=japanese   (valid language as listed by a "locale -a" ) 
  2. date
  On Beta-3 I get:
  Tue Aug  8 10:33:07 BST 2000
  On Beta-5 I get:
  date: loadlocale.c:220: _nl_load_locale: Assertion `idx % 4 == 0' failed.
  Now the behaviour I got on Beta-3 seems plausible, i.e. it thinks that
  japanese is not a valid locale, and reverts to using "C". I would have
  preferred to have seen some funny japanese characters in the date string
  but I am not too concerned since it does not prevent anything else from
  The behaviour on Beta-5 is more worrying - since I get this error for any
  OS command I run e.g. "ls".

Comment 1 Matt Wilson 2000-08-08 21:22:13 UTC
you need to rebuild the locale-ja package from the src.rpm using "rpm
--rebuild".  After installing the resulting binary package, the Japanese locale
will work again.

This has been fixed here for quite some time.

Comment 2 Need Real Name 2000-08-29 13:20:52 UTC
So can you confirm that this is not going to be a problem in the final RedHat7.0
release ? - or will everyone have to download and re-compile the source ?

Comment 3 Matt Wilson 2000-08-29 15:33:58 UTC
oh, of course this won't be a problem in final - Japanese support would be
totally broken.

The locale def is in the glibc package now, so if the binary format ever changes
again there won't be problems.

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