Request for testing new libc6 for language packs
martin.pitt at canonical.com
Mon Dec 13 05:49:40 CST 2004
In the course of preparing language pack support for Ubuntu, I
prepared a new glibc version which supports an alternative gettext
tree in /usr/share/locale-langpack/ (in addition to the usual
/usr/share/locale/) and uses whichever file is newer.
If /usr/share/locale-langpack is not present, the new glibc should
behave exactly as the old one. For testing I attached a mocked up
coreutils.mo gettext file which contains the German translation of
coreutils plus a modified string in the "head" help.
I ask you to do the following:
1. Install the new glibc.
deb http://people.ubuntu.com/~pitti/langpack/ /
deb-src http://people.ubuntu.com/~pitti/langpack/ /
(Right now there are packages for i386 and powerpc)
2. Check whether your system still works :-)
3. Install the mock coreutils translation:
sudo install -D coreutils.po /usr/share/locale-langpack/en_GB/LC_MESSAGES/coreutils.po
4. The following command should give the normal english head help:
LANGUAGE=en_US head --help
(basically any language other than en_GB should work normally)
5. The following command should give German help with the changed
string "If you can read this, the gettext file in
/usr/share/locale-langpack is used and the new libintl works.":
LANGUAGE=en_GB head --help
6. You can play around with copying the new file also to
/usr/share/locale/en_GB/LC_MESSAGES/coreutils.po (it does not exist
yet), modifying it (using msgunfmt -- edit -- msgfmt), and touching
them to make one file more recent than the other (which selects
which one is actually used).
Unless somebody reports a serious breakage (or gettext file selection
does not work), I will upload this at Wednesday. Then we can start to
upload language packs and rebuild the archive to not ship files in
/usr/share/locale by default.
Martin Pitt http://www.piware.de
Ubuntu Developer http://www.ubuntulinux.org
Debian GNU/Linux Developer http://www.debian.org
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