[aur-dev] Using gettext for translations?

Lukas Fleischer archlinux at cryptocrack.de
Thu Apr 7 08:21:12 EDT 2011

On Wed, Apr 06, 2011 at 10:07:15PM -0500, Dan McGee wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 6, 2011 at 9:27 PM, Lukas Fleischer
> <archlinux at cryptocrack.de> wrote:
> > On Wed, Apr 06, 2011 at 10:26:35PM +0200, Lukas Fleischer wrote:
> >> Hi,
> >>
> >> I thought about this sometime ago. The existing i8n files shouldn't be
> >> too hard to convert and we could move translation work to some more
> >> appropriate platform like Transifex which is used by pacman already. PHP
> >> gettext integration doesn't seem to be too bad and our PHP is compiled
> >> with gettext support by default, also.
> >>
> >> Any opinions/objections?
> >
> > Pushed a first draft to my "wip" branch. There still is a bunch of hacky
> > stuff that needs to the reviewed or fixed. This should rather be
> > considered as some code to play around with.
> >
> > Patches welcome.
> Hmm. You're missing like the most important part- how are you
> generating the original message catalog? I came up with this, this
> should be the very first patch as "make catalog" or something:
> $ grep -RFl '__(' web/* | xargs xgettext --default-domain=aur -L php
> --keyword=__
> And then naming this file aur.pot

Done. `make update-pot` can be used to (re)build the catalog now.

> A much better solution is obviously not to grep, but to put the
> filenames in a POTFILES file (pretty standard convention), and then
> using the --files-from flag. You can also use the --directory=web flag
> to not have to duplicate that in every path specified. Read the
> manpage of xgettext for some other things to consider: c-format
> strings, whether to include line number comments (I'd encourage
> against them as it generates a lot of churn in the files hiding the
> actual changes).

Yes, did that.

> Next, I'd recommend setting up some makefile shortcuts for running
> msgmerge to update the translation files from the catalog. Then use
> this to make another checkin of the language-specific po files so they
> are in a more "native" format, with the headers and all that.

Done. You can use `make update-po` to update all ".po" files or `make
$foo.po-update` to update a single ".po" file now.

> Patch notes:
> * A capital gettext domain seems silly and out of character; I'd
> really just think about going with "aur".


> * Use --check when calling msgfmt.


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