[svlug] Wierd month strings in ls -l

Greg Lindahl lindahl at pbm.com
Thu Oct 15 23:05:10 PDT 2015


If you google the strings [qun nah cig agd cax] then you can see it's
a list of months for a locale such as Afar Eritrea Saho, or Afar
Ethiopia. What's your shell's LOCALE env variable set to?

On Fri, Oct 16, 2015 at 01:49:46AM -0400, Steve Litt wrote:
> Hi all,
> 
> On one of my Void Linux machines, the ls -l command produces oddball
> strings for the months. I've proven conclusively  that it always gives
> the same string for the same month: It's not just garbage. Here are the
> strings:
> 
> January     qun   
> February    nah   
> March       cig   
> April       agd   
> May         cax   
> June        qas   
> July        qad   
> August      leq   
> September   way   
> October     dit   
> November    xim   
> December    kax   
> 
> It's just garbage from the ls -l output: the files sort just fine, and
> ls --full-time is accurate and has the expected format. The files' date
> stamps are intact, it's just a problem with the way ls -l prints the
> months.
> 
> I've updated the machine's software, and that didn't change the
> symptom.
> 
> Has anyone seen this before?
> 
> Thanks,
> 
> SteveT
> 
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