'LANG=' produces German output

Ryan Schmidt ryandesign at macports.org
Fri Feb 14 03:28:56 UTC 2020

On Feb 13, 2020, at 08:40, Werner LEMBERG wrote:

>>> on my Lion box, calling
>>> LANG= bison ...
>>> I suddenly get *German* output!  Ditto for other programs like
>>> 'info', 'ggrep', etc., that come with '.po' files.  Is this normal?
>>> Is this a new gettext feature?
>> On a "normal" Unix/Linux system, I would expect "C" locale (or
>> perhaps a system setting) to be that default.  But Macs are a bit
>> odd; their native apps get some defaults from system preference
>> settings.  What are your language and region settings there?
> It's seems to be a new feature of gettext 0.21, which comes with
> improved MacOS support.  In the NEWS file I read

Then you should not be seeing this problem with MacPorts since we still use gettext

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