repertoiremap — map symbolic character names to Unicode code points


A repertoire map defines mappings between symbolic character names (mnemonics) and Unicode code points when compiling a locale with localedef(1). Using a repertoire map is optional, it is needed only when symbolic names are used instead of now preferred Unicode code points.


The repertoiremap file starts with a header that may consist of the following keywords:


is followed by a character that will be used as the comment character for the rest of the file. It defaults to the number sign (#).


is followed by a character that should be used as the escape character for the rest of the file to mark characters that should be interpreted in a special way. It defaults to the backslash (\).

The mapping section starts with the keyword CHARIDS in the first column.

The mapping lines have the following form:

<symbolic-name> <code-point> comment

This defines exactly one mapping, comment being optional.

The mapping section ends with the string END CHARIDS.



Usual default repertoire map path.

Conforming to



Repertoire maps are deprecated in favor of Unicode code points.


A mnemonic for the Euro sign can be defined as follows:


See Also

locale(1), localedef(1), charmap(5), locale(5)


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2019-03-06 GNU Linux User Manual