Language Packs revisited

Danilo Šegan danilo at
Tue Aug 16 14:08:37 CDT 2005

Hi Martin,

Since Ubuntu is the only distribution I know that uses language packs,
I'd like you to add your suggestions and comments on what we're
planning to do with intltool (I remember you being in charge for this
in Ubuntu, but if I'm wrong, you'll point me at the right person :). 

My proposal is at

The idea is to have language packs regenerate .desktop, .xml, .schemas
and other files in post-install (and post-uninstall) step, requiring
only .in and .mo files to be installed on the system (.mo files are
usually installed anyway except in rare cases such as gweather
Locations.xml, but I don't think it's a problem to have 120k-250k file
per language instead of 18mb Locations.xml one would get now).

This approach should also have positive effects on performance (if
anyone remembers desktop-devel-list at discussion on GConf
performance, one of big problems was that all the translations have
been read in for all the schemas and keys).

However, this would require small changes to all the packages, but
you're already doing that in Ubuntu, right?

There are some problems discussed in the bug itself, but 


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