ubuntu-langpack ppa doubts/issues

David Planella david.planella at ubuntu.com
Tue Jun 9 11:33:13 BST 2009

Hola Roberto,

On dl, 2009-06-08 at 10:12 +0200, Roberto C. Morano wrote:
> Hello,
> I'm part of the Guadalinex dev team and Juanje Ojeda's coworker. As you
> talked about in the last UDS, we are testing the autogenerated
> language-packs from this [1] ppa and we have found some errors, plus, we
> have some doubts...
> Firstly, we are a bit confused by the fact that these packages
> (language-pack-$LANG) are empty/dummy packages in the normal versions,
> every '.mo' and mozilla.tar.gz are included in
> 'language-pack-$LANG-base' instead of in 'language-pack-$LANG' as they
> are in this ppa.
> Furthermore, the amount of '.mo' in the normal '*-base' packages is
> bigger than the amount in the "nobase" packages in ppa (246 vs 77).
> I have checked that old versions (Intrepid series for example) had
> '*-base' packages in the ppa, but they have disappeared for Jaunty.
> That's what made us wonder if this is a new behaviour or just a mistake.
> Could anyone answer us to this?

I'm not sure whether what you are describing is a problem. I think you
are referring to the split between -base and 'delta' language packs. The
base packages are generated and released at e.g. the start of an Ubuntu
release and contain all translations, and the 'delta' packages (those
whithout a -base suffix) are released more often and contain only those
translation files which have been changed since the last language pack
release. You can find more information there:


I've asked Martin Pitt about the fact that the base packages are not in
the Jaunty PPA, and I will come back to you when I've got more
information. In any case, I do not think this poses a problem.

* Have you detected any problem in translations related to this (e.g.
untranslated strings -apart from the Firefox issue you already
described-, crashes, etc.)? I've tested the PPA for the Catalan language
and so far it has not given me any problem.

> Lets go on with the error we've found :]
> 'mozilla.tar.gz'  (mozilla translation extensions) is included in this
> package from the ppa and it seems not to be complete, we've found the
> following things
> *
> '/usr/lib/firefox-addons/extensions/langpack-$LANG at firefox-3.0.ubuntu.com/chrome.manifest' 
> is empty
> * $LANG.jar is not included
> This results in having Firefox in English :]
> I hope you can bring some light to this matter. Thanks in advance.

I have also tested this and I can also reproduce the problem (i.e.
Firefox appears untranslated after installing the latest langpack PPA).
I would suggest you to report this to language-packs at ubuntu.com, as
described here:


If you've got any other questions, do not hesitate to ask them here.


David Planella
Ubuntu Translations Coordinator

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