LOCALE(1) User Commands LOCALE(1)
locale - get locale-specific information
utility writes information about the current locale
environment, or all public locales, to the standard output. For the
purposes of this section, a public locale
is one provided by the
implementation that is accessible to the application.
is invoked without any arguments, it summarizes the current
locale environment for each locale category as determined by the settings
of the environment variables.
When invoked with operands, it writes values that have been assigned to
the keywords in the locale categories, as follows:
o Specifying a keyword name selects the named keyword and the
category containing that keyword.
o Specifying a category name selects the named category and all
keywords in that category.
The following options are supported: -a
Writes information about all available public locales. The
available locales include POSIX
, representing the POSIX locale. -c
Writes the names of selected locale categories. The -c
increases readability when more than one category is selected (for
example, via more than one keyword name or via a category name). It
is valid both with and without the -k
Writes the names and values of selected keywords. The
implementation may omit values for some keywords; see OPERANDS. -m
Writes names of available charmaps; see localedef(1)
The following operand is supported: name
The name of a locale category, the name of a keyword in a locale
category, or the reserved name charmap
. The named category or
keyword will be selected for output. If a single name
both a locale category name and a keyword name in the current
locale, the results are unspecified; otherwise, both category and
keyword names can be specified as name
operands, in any sequence.
Example 1: Examples of the locale utility
In the following examples, the assumption is that locale environment
variables are set as follows:
The command locale
would result in the following output:
The command LC_ALL=POSIX locale -ck decimal_point
The following command shows an application of locale
to determine whether
a user-supplied response is affirmative: if printf "%s\n" "$response" | /usr/bin/grep -Eq\ "$(locale yesexpr)" then affirmative processing goes here else non-affirmative processing goes here fi
for the descriptions of LANG
, and NLSPATH
, and NLSPATH
environment variables must specify the
current locale environment to be written out. These environment variables
will be used if the -a
option is not specified.
The following exit values are returned: 0
All the requested information was found and output successfully. >0
An error occurred.
for descriptions of the following attributes:
| ATTRIBUTE TYPE | ATTRIBUTE VALUE |
|CSI | Enabled |
|Interface Stability | Standard |
SEE ALSO localedef(1)
or keywords in the category LC_CTYPE
are specified, only the
values in the range 0x00
are written out.
or keywords in the category LC_COLLATE
are specified, no
actual values are written out.
November 28, 2017 LOCALE(1)