[pacman-dev] Question to translators : do you need the line numbers?

Juan Pablo Gonzalez lord_jotape at yahoo.com.ar
Mon Mar 3 14:15:48 EST 2008

El Monday 03 March 2008 14:38:47 Xavier escribió:
> As you probably know, in .po files, each strings also contain its actual
> location in the source :
> #: src/pacman/add.c:104 src/pacman/sync.c:533
> #, c-format
> msgid "error: %s\n"
> msgstr "error: %s\n"
> I guess this information can be helpful to see the context, but personally
> I never used it.
> And if I needed it, I would simple use grep -r "error: %s\n" (which will be
> probably be less friendly, especially when po editors can use the line
> information themselves).
> The downsides of this however, is that for example, when we add one new
> string at the top of src/pacman/sync.c, then the reference of every other
> strings from src/pacman/sync.c will also be changed.
> So when we need to rebuild the .pot / .po files to get the new string, we
> also get a huger number of line changes. So we get both a commit huge in
> size, which is not cool, but it's also harder to see what really changed.
> Have a look at size of the following commit where the pacman .po / .pot
> files had to be updated because of 7 messages changes:
> http://projects.archlinux.org/git/?p=pacman.git;a=commitdiff;h=e8d665fbf779
> We can easily remove all these line numbers with the --no-location gettext
> option, but the question is : Is it acceptable?
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+1, i never use the line numbers of source code. 
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