CLDR – help to fix your Locale/Language Data

CLDR is Common Locale Data Repository.

Why is it important to me?

Are you using  any of MS Windows, Apple Mac, Linux (Ubuntu, Fedora, Red Hat, Debian) Operating system for Desktop/Laptop in you native Langauge?

Are you using iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Windows Phones?

Are you using any Google Services?



then this is Locale Repo, from where you Language Data is coming, which includes Date, Time format/name (like Mon, Tuesday or May 28, 2014 or 28 May, 2014). Here you can decide how it will look like.

Even if you don’t want to provide new entry, you can choose and Vote.




Mac, Password and local keyboard setting…

First time, just before to login to write this
post, I was stuck with Macbook, where
my user password in English character,
forgot to change keyboard back to English
(from Punjabi), while Close MacBook
(which I often do).
When I opened, it was asking for password,
tried 2-3 times, but failed, then I found that
keyboard layout is Punjabi (not English),
so it was not accpecting password.
I tried Keyboard Shortcut to change like
Fedora/Gnome did. (+ keys),
but it was not changing, Rebooted, but still
asking for password.

Finally I found solution, hard learning, but it
Press key + (also
key also w0rks).
may be helpful in very rare condition, but it is
working this way….

Snow leopard (Mac OS X 10.6), Punjabi and Unicode 5.1

Newly available Mac Snow Leopard, which suppose
to be supporting Unicode 5.1 standard.
After upgrading from Mac OS X 10.5 (leopard) to
Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), Finally
I got that it is not supporting Punjabi (Gurmukhi) with
Unicode 5.1 standard.

Please use This Test Page to test Gurmukhi Unicode,
where you will find that following characters are missing
from fonts.
0A33 //This Test case working on 1 Mac machine, not on mine

Need to test other Indian Languages, not sure about
Apple’s statement about Unicode 5.1 support whehter
it is about Indic language or not.

For Gurmukhi, need bug, going to file after confirming
with more mac users.

Thunderbird Profile Migration: Linux to Mac

yesterday I need to migrate data from
Linux to Mac machine, while biggest problem was
Email Client configration. I have two gmail
account configurated in Linux Machine with
Thunderbird and don’t like to configure account
and make 17-19 Filters again. I was very sure about
linux migration from one release (or distribution) to
another, but never tried Linux2Mac Thunderbird

so, yesterday was test day for Migration Linux2Mac
thunderbird data.
just scp’ed content from (linux) ~/.thunderbird/* to
(mac) ~Library/Thunderbird/

but simple pressing thunderbird icon was not working,
but showing error like “Already running…”

then checked profiles.ini file in ~/Library/Thunderbird

aman$ cat profiles.ini //from Linux Machine


aman$ cat profiles.ini-mac //that was old Thunderbird profile on Mac Machine (just before scp from linux)


So Difference was between PATH, where Mac machine has
Profiles Directory, but Linux don’t have. It was easy to hack
and after fix, run thunderbird and it was working fine,
sorting, filter and everything was just Normal.

Firefox 3.1 Beta 1 – for Punjabi

Again Firefox available for Testing beta version. It is available
for Punjabi Version 3.1Beta1

Windows Download:

Mac Download:

Linux Download:

If you have resource please download and Test once (for Punjabi), so
that we can make impact for locale [1]

More This Beta release Information:

After Test, please send us your review, comment about
Translation to our mailing list Punjab-users so that
we can work to update as we have two week to finish before
Beta 2 release. I have one issue with me (which is sent by
Mr. A S Kang for copy/link issue)

[1] Mozilla Bug
ਬੱਗ ਮੁਤਾਬਕ ਔਸਤ ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਲਈ ਹਿੱਟ 100 ਰੋਜ਼ਾਨਾ ਹੈ, ਮੈਨੂੰ ਥੋੜ੍ਹੀ ਹੈਰਾਨੀ ਹੋਈ ਕਿ 100 ਕਿੱਥੋ ਹੋ ਗਏ, ਸੱਚੀ
ਐਨੀ ਉਮੀਦ ਨਹੀਂ ਸੀ। ਬਾਕੀ ਮੋਜ਼ੀਲਾ ਸਿਸਟਮ ਐਡਮਿਨ ਦੇ ਸ਼ਬਦ ਖੁਦ ਪੜ੍ਹ ਲਵੋ ਜੀ! Check
Admin comment below about Punjabi

“For the most part it looks like we have about 100 Active Daily users for pa-IN.
There is a strange couple of days just recently where we had a huge spike.
aug 21,22… Can anyone think of what might have caused this? Holiday or any
other event? I could have just been an error in our reporting system…

Here is the data for those two days and the last 15.

2008-08-21 7,004
2008-08-22 533

2008-10-01 110
2008-10-02 94
2008-10-03 115
2008-10-04 99
2008-10-05 93
2008-10-06 107
2008-10-07 106
2008-10-08 114
2008-10-09 96
2008-10-10 119
2008-10-11 99
2008-10-12 102
2008-10-13 117
2008-10-14 113
2008-10-15 119″

Mac and Python Error for hg

I was trying with hg (hg is a distributed
version control ) for my Firefox translation Project. Python was installed previously on macBook
(Mac OS X 10.5.4), but while running hg command, it showed error like following:
amanpreet-singh-brars-macbook:~ Preet$ hg ****
Traceback (most recent call last):
File “/usr/local/bin/hg”, line 18, in
File “/Library/Python/2.5/site-packages/mercurial/”, line 74, in __getattribute__
File “/Library/Python/2.5/site-packages/mercurial/”, line 46, in _load
mod = _origimport(head, globals, locals)
File “/Library/Python/2.5/site-packages/mercurial/”, line 33, in
_encoding = locale.getlocale()[1]
File “/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.5/lib/python2.5/”, line 460, in getlocale
return _parse_localename(localename)
File “/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.5/lib/python2.5/”, line 373, in _parse_localename
raise ValueError, ‘unknown locale: %s’ % localename
ValueError: unknown locale: UTF-8
last line was making some know hint, something wrong with locale setting.

Tried to set various setting from terminal, finally it is fixed and here are commands I used

$ printenv LANG

$ export LC_ALL=en_US.UTF-8

$ export LANG=en_US.UTF-8
if you want those changes each time you log-in then make ~/.bashrc file and add
those lines there.

Note: I have not reboot my machine after making those changes, please don’t know
whether work or not;-)

Convert real audio to mp3 on mac…

I have very few real audio files, but don’t have mp3 for those,
search on google was not heard, and FFmpegX
link is here

it is free Audio/Video convertor for Mac OS. It is good and quick,
Howto use those,
if it shows you for binary format installation, you can skip it
(you can try later if you want with FFmpegx->install binaries)
it is quite easy, just select .rm file and select format, which want to
I got some my favourite song back.