Advice needed - moving GNOME help files into langpacks

Shaun McCance shaunm at
Sun Aug 30 16:36:40 BST 2009

On Sun, 2009-08-30 at 11:56 +0200, Martin Pitt wrote:
> Hello again,
> > <shaunm> to get yelp to pick up the omf files in that location, I'm
> > pretty certain you only need to modify rarian
> Argh, while this seems true for most programs, it already breaks with
> gnome-terminal. That unfortunately doesn't just call
> ghelp:gnome-terminal (as most other GNOME programs do), but
> terminal_util_show_help() detects the locale and assembles the xml
> file path all by itself. I. e. with my rarian patch and moved files,
> "yelp ghelp:gnome-terminal" works fine, but pressing F1 in g-t just
> gives me the C help.
> Now, if it were _only_ gnome-terminal, this could be fixed to just
> throw away this redundant code, but at this point I'm not sure how
> many other packages would break with that.
> So perhaps it's better to use the symlink farm. There will be many of
> them, one for each file (since dpkg wreaks havoc with symlinks to
> directories), but I tested that dangling symlinks are handled
> gracefully.

Ugh.  That's definitely something I'd like to see changed
upstream.  For 3.0, I'll be auditing the code that calls
the help for any packages we convert to Mallard.


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