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If a customer needs to change the locale of a database, wants to standardize to a common locale etc then the only option is to unload the data and reload. On small databases this might be possible but for 99% of the real systems this is impractical. Having mutliple locales across different databases/server makes some queries tricky if not impossible.
By allowing cdr migrate to change the locale as part of the migration process the database(s) can be kept online and then switched with minor/zero outages
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