[Bug 672314] [NEW] No translated package descriptions for -updates repository

Launchpad Bug Tracker 672314 at bugs.launchpad.net
Sun Nov 7 22:11:51 GMT 2010

You have been subscribed to a public bug by Pascal De Vuyst (pascal-devuyst):

Binary package hint: apt

Package descriptions for packages in the -updates repository always
appear in English to the user in software-center or synaptic. It would
be more accessible to show translated descriptions which are available
in the users own language in this case.

$ LANG=C apt-cache policy gcalctool
  Installed: 5.32.0-0ubuntu4
  Candidate: 5.32.0-0ubuntu4
  Version table:
 *** 5.32.0-0ubuntu4 0
        500 http://be.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick-updates/main i386 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
     5.32.0-0ubuntu1 0
        500 http://be.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick/main i386 Packages

$ apt-cache show gcalctool
Above command returns English package descriptions for both versions while my locale is set to Dutch (nl) and the file /var/lib/apt/lists/be.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_maverick_main_i18n_Translation-nl is available.

I would have expected a Dutch package description for the ubuntu1
package and an English package description for the ubuntu4 package in

The archive should have a i18n directory for the maverick-updates
repository or apt should be adapted to use the translations from the
release repository (maverick) so translated package descriptions are
displayed for updates too in software-center, synaptic, ...

A symlink in the archive from maverick/i18n to the maverick-updates/i18n could be sufficient since the package descriptions remain the same and the Translation files provide the md5 checksum of the english descriptions to match with as described here: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2002/10/msg00004.html
I tested by copying /var/lib/apt/lists/be.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_maverick_main_i18n_Translation-nl to /var/lib/apt/lists/be.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_maverick-updates_main_i18n_Translation-nl and then translated package descriptions are displayed.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 10.10
Package: apt 0.8.3ubuntu7
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.35-22.35-generic
Uname: Linux 2.6.35-22-generic i686
Architecture: i386
Date: Sun Nov  7 22:05:27 2010
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat" - Alpha i386 (20100925)
SourcePackage: apt

** Affects: apt (Ubuntu)
     Importance: Undecided
         Status: New

** Tags: apport-bug i386 maverick
No translated package descriptions for -updates repository
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