Re: Name of user's language, in English

James Kanze <>
Fri, 4 Jul 2008 00:57:03 -0700 (PDT)
On Jul 3, 1:14 pm, "Ole Nielsby"
<> wrote:

Pascal J. Bourguignon <> wrote:

In anycase, these it's iso639 language codes

James Kanze <> wrote:

You can do something like:
   std::locale( "" ).name()
But [...] with g++, all it does is core dump anyway, at
least under Solaris.

Thanks for these hints. It seems I'll have to do without it.

(But I really think it belongs in a standard - perhaps in the
Boost locale library. It may be technically ill-defined by the
present state of things, but to the user, it's very

Is it? What's my "language", when I'm a user? On my Windows
machine at home, Windows itself displays the messages in French,
but the US keyboard driver is usually active, and different
programs display in different languages, depending on what I'm
doing at the moment. On the Unix machines, my LC_ variables are
mixed, and also depend on the system (since different systems
have different installed locales). What's my son's language,
when he's playing an online game with some of the participants
in Paris, and others in Frankfurt?

And of course, that C++ doesn't control everything; typically,
the information simply isn't available for the C++ library to

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