Bug 90737 - /etc/profile.d/lang.sh by default sets LANG=en_US for unsuspecting users
/etc/profile.d/lang.sh by default sets LANG=en_US for unsuspecting users
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: initscripts (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Bill Nottingham
Brock Organ
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Reported: 2003-05-12 23:05 EDT by Bob Proulx
Modified: 2014-03-16 22:36 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2003-05-18 20:14:28 EDT
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Description Bob Proulx 2003-05-12 23:05:55 EDT
Description of problem:
/etc/profile.d/lang.sh by default sets LANG=en_US for unsuspecting users

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How reproducible:
100% reproducable

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install Red Hat.
2. Log in.
3. echo $LANG
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Expected results:

Additional info:
By setting LANG=en_US by default you are choosing a dictionary sort order for
users without letting users know this is what is happening.  There is never
the ability to select POSIX or C as the default LANG.  At install time you
should give users the ability to select C or POSIX as the default.

Setting LANG automatically to a dictionary sort order locale causes all
commands using strcoll(3) to sort in a dictionary sort order which folds
case and ignores punctuation characters resulting in a surprising and
non-standard sort ordering which users are not expecting.  This violates
the principle of least surprise.
Comment 1 Bill Nottingham 2003-05-18 20:14:28 EDT
That is intentional.

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