Section: POSIX Programmer's Manual (3P)
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--- use locale in current thread
locale_t uselocale(locale_t newloc);
function shall set or query the current locale for the calling thread.
The value for the
argument shall be one of the following:
A value returned by the
The special locale object descriptor LC_GLOBAL_LOCALE
argument is (locale_t)0,
the current locale shall not be changed; this value can be used to
query the current locale setting. If the
argument is LC_GLOBAL_LOCALE, any thread-local locale for the calling
thread shall be uninstalled; the thread shall again use the global
locale as the current locale, and changes to the global locale shall
affect the thread. Otherwise, the locale represented by
shall be installed as a thread-local locale to be used as the current
locale for the calling thread.
function has been called to install a thread-local locale, the
behavior of every interface using data from the current locale shall
be affected for the calling thread. The current locale for other
threads shall remain unchanged.
Upon successful completion, the
function shall return a handle for the thread-local locale that was in
use as the current locale for the calling thread on entry to the function,
or LC_GLOBAL_LOCALE if no thread-local locale was in use. Otherwise,
shall return (locale_t
to indicate the error.
function may fail if:
is not a valid locale object and is not (locale_t)0.
The following sections are informative.
function does not allow replacing some locale categories
only. Applications that need to install a locale which differs only in
a few categories must use
to change a locale object equivalent to the currently used locale and
The Base Definitions volume of POSIX.1-2017,
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