International Language Environments Guide


The International Language Environments Guide introduces the internationalization features that are new to the Oracle Solaris operating system (Oracle Solaris OS). The guide contains information on how to use the current Oracle Solaris release to build global software products that support a variety of languages and cultural conventions.

In addition, the guide provides pointers to other documentation that includes further information on the internationalization features in this release.

Note –

All of the information related to operating systems in the guide pertains to the Oracle Solaris operating system.

This preface includes the following sections.

Note –

This Oracle Solaris release supports systems that use the SPARC and x86 families of processor architectures: UltraSPARC, SPARC64, AMD64, Pentium, and Xeon EM64T. The supported systems appear in the Solaris 10 Hardware Compatibility List. This document cites any implementation differences between the platform types.

In this document the term “x86” refers to 64-bit and 32-bit systems manufactured using processors compatible with the AMD64 or Intel Xeon/Pentium product families. For supported systems, see the Oracle Solaris Hardware Compatibility List.

About This Book

This guide written for software developers and system administrators who design and support global applications in the current Oracle Solaris operating system.

The guide assumes that you have a working knowledge of the C programming language.

How This Guide Is Organized

The chapters in this guide are organized as follows:

Related Books and Sites

The following books offer further information on the topics discussed in this guide:

Documentation, Support, and Training

See the following web sites for additional resources:

Oracle Software Resources

Oracle Technology Network offers a range of resources related to Oracle software:

Typographic Conventions

The following table describes the typographic conventions that are used in this book.

Table P–1 Typographic Conventions





The names of commands, files, and directories, and onscreen computer output 

Edit your .login file.

Use ls -a to list all files.

machine_name% you have mail.


What you type, contrasted with onscreen computer output 

machine_name% su



Placeholder: replace with a real name or value 

The command to remove a file is rm filename.


Book titles, new terms, and terms to be emphasized 

Read Chapter 6 in the User's Guide.

A cache is a copy that is stored locally.

Do not save the file.

Note: Some emphasized items appear bold online.

Shell Prompts in Command Examples

The following table shows the default UNIX system prompt and superuser prompt for shells that are included in the Oracle Solaris OS. Note that the default system prompt that is displayed in command examples varies, depending on the Oracle Solaris release.

Table P–2 Shell Prompts



Bash shell, Korn shell, and Bourne shell 


Bash shell, Korn shell, and Bourne shell for superuser 


C shell 


C shell for superuser