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USELOCALE(3)              Linux Programmer's Manual             USELOCALE(3)

NAME         top

       uselocale - set/get the locale for the calling thread

SYNOPSIS         top

       #include <locale.h>
       locale_t uselocale(locale_t newloc);
   Feature Test Macro Requirements for glibc (see feature_test_macros(7)):
           Since glibc 2.10:
                  _XOPEN_SOURCE >= 700
           Before glibc 2.10:

DESCRIPTION         top

       The uselocale() function sets the current locale for the calling
       thread, and returns the thread's previously current locale.  After a
       successful call to uselocale(), any calls by this thread to functions
       that depend on the locale will operate as though the locale has been
       set to newloc.
       The newloc argument can have one of the following values:
       A handle returned by a call to newlocale(3) or duplocale(3)
              The calling thread's current locale is set to the specified
       The special locale object handle LC_GLOBAL_LOCALE
              The calling thread's current locale is set to the global
              locale determined by setlocale(3).
       (locale_t) 0
              The calling thread's current locale is left unchanged (and the
              current locale is returned as the function result).

RETURN VALUE         top

       On success, uselocale() returns the locale handle that was set by the
       previous call to uselocale() in this thread, or LC_GLOBAL_HANDLE if
       there was no such previous call.  On error, it returns (locale_t) 0,
       and sets errno to indicate the cause of the error.

ERRORS         top

       EINVAL newloc does not refer to a valid locale object.

VERSIONS         top

       The uselocale() function first appeared in version 2.3 of the GNU C

CONFORMING TO         top


NOTES         top

       Unlike setlocale(3), uselocale() does not allow selective replacement
       of individual locale categories.  To employ a locale that differs in
       only a few categories from the current locale, use calls to
       duplocale(3) and newlocale(3) to obtain a locale object equivalent to
       the current locale and modify the desired categories in that object.

EXAMPLE         top

       See newlocale(3) and duplocale(3).

SEE ALSO         top

       locale(1), duplocale(3), freelocale(3), newlocale(3), setlocale(3),
       locale(5), locale(7)

COLOPHON         top

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Linux                            2014-03-10                     USELOCALE(3)

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