switch locale-gen to ARCHIVE=yes

Bug #591676 reported by Colin Watson
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langpack-locales (Ubuntu)
Fix Released
Martin Pitt
Fix Released
Martin Pitt

Bug Description

<pitti> cjwatson: I think we can; it'll increase the time to build/remove locales, but that's rather insignificant
<pitti> cjwatson: I actually did some boot charts with locale-archive, but I didn't get any measurable difference
<cjwatson> locale build time is a bit of a concern on low-memory systems because localedef is so memory-hungry
<pitti> shoudl just be a matter of setting ARCHIVE=yes in /usr/sbin/locale-gen
<cjwatson> what sort of increase are we talking about? just running 'localedef --add-to-archive /usr/lib/locale/*' doesn't seem to take too long here
<pitti> and cleaning up the unarchived ones in postinst
<cjwatson> I was wondering if there were compatibility implications; I seem to recall the odd bug when the broken-out dirs were missing
<pitti> cjwatson: ah, good; removing a locale used to require rebuilding all other ones, but as I said that should not be a common use case
<pitti> cjwatson: I have that running in a VM for some days, but I didn't test it extensively; just standard desktop bits
<pitti> cjwatson: so perhaps we should switch it early in maverick for testing?
<cjwatson> --delete-from-archive seems to take negligible time
<pitti> cool
<pitti> seems that didn't exist back then (in belocs age)
<cjwatson> I suspect it doesn't make a huge boot difference because everything is LANG=C
<cjwatson> it's only once you reach a session that it starts making any difference at all
<pitti> the desktop bits do use the locale, though
<pitti> right
<pitti> and I didn't notice any difference there
<cjwatson> should we have *only* locale-archive, or the broken-out dirs as well?
<pitti> but still, it's fewer syscalls
<pitti> cjwatson: they do take a nontrivial amount of space, so I'd vote for either-or, not both
<pitti> Debian has used locale-archive only forever, I think
<pitti> (and Fedora, too)
<cjwatson> ok, if you're comfortable with either-or then I am too

Martin Pitt (pitti)
Changed in langpack-locales (Ubuntu):
status: New → In Progress
assignee: nobody → Martin Pitt (pitti)
milestone: none → maverick-alpha-2
Changed in langpack-locales (Ubuntu Maverick):
importance: Undecided → Low
Revision history for this message
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package langpack-locales - 2.11+git20100304-5

langpack-locales (2.11+git20100304-5) maverick; urgency=low

  * Switch to using a locale archive (LP: #591676):
    - debian/local/locale-gen: Set ARCHIVE=yes by default.
    - debian/locales.postinst: Clean up the non-archived locales on upgrades
      to this version right before regenerating them.
    - debian/local/remove-language-pack: Add case for removing locales from an
 -- Martin Pitt <email address hidden> Mon, 14 Jun 2010 13:33:49 +0200

Changed in langpack-locales (Ubuntu Maverick):
status: In Progress → Fix Released
silvan (silvan-calarco)
Changed in langpack-locales (Ubuntu Maverick):
status: Fix Released → Fix Committed
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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