Bug 641 - Please add ru_RU.KOI8-R locale
Summary: Please add ru_RU.KOI8-R locale
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: glibc
Version: 5.2
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Preston Brown
QA Contact:
: 755 (view as bug list)
Depends On:
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Reported: 1998-12-29 01:10 UTC by Aleksey Nogin
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 1999-08-30 21:05:25 UTC

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Description Aleksey Nogin 1998-12-29 01:10:58 UTC
The de-facto standard for Russian Cyrillics on Linux (and
other Unices) is a KOI8-R encoding while virtually nobody
uses ISO-8859-5 for Russian. But the glibc RPM includes
/usr/share/locale/ru_RU directory with ru_RU.ISO-8859-5 and
does not include ru_RU.KOI8-R locale

Comment 1 Cristian Gafton 1998-12-30 00:49:59 UTC
The glibc rpms are including the KOI*-R support, but under the name of
ru_SU. You can either use ru_SU instead of the ru_RU or just replace
the contents of the ru_RU dirs/locale files with what is found in

Needless to say, the "international standard" is the ISO-8859-5 crap
for ru_RU and we can not diverge that easily from the standards...

Now, if the ru_SU thing is busted then I am taking patches, my russian
is *so* limited...

Comment 2 Aleksey Nogin 1998-12-30 01:30:59 UTC
/usr/share/locale/ru_SU seems OK, I just did not know it was KOI8-R

But there is a big problem with ru_SU -
/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/locale/locale.alias defines ru_SU to be

One way to make everything work consistently (and without any
deviation from standards) is to run

cd /usr/share/locale
localedef -ci ru_RU -f KOI8-R ru_RU.KOI8-R
mv ru_RU.koi8r ru_RU.KOI8-R

and to use LC_ALL=ru_RU.KOI8-R after that.

Another way is to add

ru_RU.KOI8-R    ru_SU

line to /usr/share/locale/locale.alias and to change ru_SU to be
ru_RU.KOI8-R in /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/locale/locale.alias

One of the problems with the second approach is that neither
locale.alias file is a %config file

Comment 3 David Lawrence 1999-01-12 23:47:59 UTC
*** Bug 641 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Traditionaly, *the standard* locale for UNIX in Russia was
KOI8-R. This is broken in RedHat - ISO is set by default.

To fix:

1. ru_RU must select KOI8-R
   (same in /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/locale/locale.alias)

2. ru_RU.<charset> must reference respective charsets

3. ru_SU must be an alias for ru_RU

Comment 4 Preston Brown 1999-03-22 18:53:59 UTC
ru_SU now properly selected KOI8-R.  The X situation has been
rectified as well.

Comment 5 Preston Brown 1999-08-30 21:04:59 UTC

for 6.1, ru_SU is gone.  ru_RU selects ISO-8859-5.  ru_RU.KOI8-R
selected the KOI8-R encoding, and ru_RU.ISO-8859-5 selects the 8859-5
encoding as well (obviously).

We are fully in line with all standards for this.

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