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branch master updated: gnu: glibc-utf8-locales: Hide the package.

From: guix-commits
Subject: branch master updated: gnu: glibc-utf8-locales: Hide the package.
Date: Sun, 27 Feb 2022 20:23:45 -0500

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     new 61a847187d gnu: glibc-utf8-locales: Hide the package.
61a847187d is described below

commit 61a847187d781bcecdc77fbec1fb75d1b9531e55
Author: Maxim Cournoyer <>
AuthorDate: Sat Feb 26 23:06:24 2022 -0500

    gnu: glibc-utf8-locales: Hide the package.
    This package has a long history of confusing users, due to containing only a
    small, arbitrary subset of UTF-8 locales.
    * gnu/packages/base.scm (glibc-utf8-locales): Define as a hidden package.
    * doc/guix.texi (Application Setup): Do not mention glibc-utf8-locales.
    Instead, provide an example for defining a custom locales package.
 doc/guix.texi         | 20 ++++++++++++++++++--
 gnu/packages/base.scm |  3 ++-
 2 files changed, 20 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/doc/guix.texi b/doc/guix.texi
index 7596b0567b..1e8b23ad7e 100644
--- a/doc/guix.texi
+++ b/doc/guix.texi
@@ -1867,8 +1867,24 @@ $ export GUIX_LOCPATH=$HOME/.guix-profile/lib/locale
 Note that the @code{glibc-locales} package contains data for all the
 locales supported by the GNU@tie{}libc and weighs in at around
-917@tie{}MiB@.  Alternatively, the @code{glibc-utf8-locales} is smaller but
-limited to a few UTF-8 locales.
+930@tie{}MiB@footnote{The size of the @code{glibc-locales} package is
+reduced down to about 213@tie{}MiB with store deduplication and further
+down to about 67@tie{}MiB when using a zstd-compressed Btrfs file
+system.}.  If you only need a few locales, you can define your custom
+locales package via the @code{make-glibc-utf8-locales} procedure from
+the @code{(gnu packages base)} module.  The following example defines a
+package containing the various Canadian UTF-8 locales known to the
+GNU@tie{}libc, that weighs around 14@tie{}MiB:
+(use-modules (gnu packages base))
+(define my-glibc-locales
+  (make-glibc-utf8-locales
+   glibc
+   #:locales (list "en_CA" "fr_CA" "ik_CA" "iu_CA" "shs_CA")
+   #:name "glibc-canadian-utf8-locales"))
+@end lisp
 The @env{GUIX_LOCPATH} variable plays a role similar to @env{LOCPATH}
 (@pxref{Locale Names, @env{LOCPATH},, libc, The GNU C Library Reference
diff --git a/gnu/packages/base.scm b/gnu/packages/base.scm
index 76a65f25b3..419ab6906a 100644
--- a/gnu/packages/base.scm
+++ b/gnu/packages/base.scm
@@ -1171,7 +1171,8 @@ test environments.")
 (define-public glibc-locales
   (make-glibc-locales glibc))
 (define-public glibc-utf8-locales
-  (make-glibc-utf8-locales glibc))
+  (hidden-package
+   (make-glibc-utf8-locales glibc)))
 ;; Packages provided to ease use of binaries linked against the previous libc.
 (define-public glibc-locales-2.29

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