Solaris 9 Installation Guide

To Preconfigure the Locale Using NIS

  1. Become superuser on the name server.

  2. Change /var/yp/Makefile to add the locale map.

    1. Insert this shell procedure after the last variable.time shell procedure.

      locale.time:  $(DIR)/locale
              -@if [ -f $(DIR)/locale ]; then \
                     sed -e "/^#/d" -e s/#.*$$// $(DIR)/locale \
                     | awk '{for (i = 2; i<=NF; i++) print $$i, $$0}' \
                     | $(MAKEDBM) - $(YPDBDIR)/$(DOM)/locale.byname; \
                     touch locale.time; \
                     echo "updated locale"; \
                     if [ ! $(NOPUSH) ]; then \
                             $(YPPUSH) locale.byname; \
                             echo "pushed locale"; \
                     else \
                     : ; \
                     fi \
              else \
                     echo "couldn't find $(DIR)/locale"; \
    2. Find the string all: and, at the end of the list of variables, insert the word locale.

      all: passwd group hosts ethers networks rpc services protocols \
      	netgroup bootparams aliases publickey netid netmasks c2secure \
      	timezone auto.master auto.home locale
    3. Near the end of the file, after the last entry of its type, insert the string locale: locale.time on a new line.

      passwd: passwd.time
      group: group.time
      hosts: hosts.time
      ethers: ethers.time
      networks: networks.time
      rpc: rpc.time
      services: services.time
      protocols: protocols.time
      netgroup: netgroup.time
      bootparams: bootparams.time
      aliases: aliases.time
      publickey: publickey.time
      netid: netid.time
      passwd.adjunct: passwd.adjunct.time
      group.adjunct: group.adjunct.time
      netmasks: netmasks.time
      timezone: timezone.time
      auto.master: auto.master.time
      auto.home: auto.home.time
      locale: locale.time
    4. Save the file.

  3. Create the file /etc/locale and make one entry for each domain or specific system:

    locale domain_name


    locale system_name

    Note –

    Chapter 40, Locale Values (Reference) contains a list of valid locales.

    For example, the following entry specifies that French is the default language that is used in the domain:


    And the following entry specifies that Belgian French is the default locale that is used by a system named charlie:

    fr_BE charlie 

    Note –

    Locales are available on the Solaris 9 DVD or Solaris 9 Software 1 of 2 CD.

  4. Make the maps:

    # cd /var/yp; make

    Systems that are specified by domain or individually in the locale map are now set up to use the default locale. The default locale that you specified is used during installation and by the desktop after the system is rebooted.