Ubuntu and language packs

Evan Murphy evanrmurphy at gmail.com
Wed Feb 4 03:53:58 UTC 2009

Hi Surfaz,

I'm forwarding your question to the ubuntu-translators mailing list,
where someone may have an answer.

Evan Murphy

2009/2/3 Surfaz Gemon Meme <surfaz28 at gmail.com>:
> Well, Spanish support of Ubuntu is not full and if I uninstall all
> English packages (I always do it), I don't have any problem.
> If there is something untranslated to Spanish, Ubuntu shows me in English.
> I am not a developer but, I think that almost 100% packages of Ubuntu
> CD use gettext library for internationalization.
> Gettext system works with .po files in source (mo and gmo in binary).
> I translate some programs in my free time, and I think I know more or
> less how is a .po file. In each file there is a copy of the original
> language (English) and then a space that is used by programs like
> poEdit for allow put your translation into your language.
> 1º There is a copy of original language in every translation
> 2º Gettex takes strings of programs, therefore system always can use a language.
> Please, someone can answer me what if there is any reason to do this
> or is simply a mistake?
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