(forw) Packages not using po-debconf - more active actions to come
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Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2005 18:54:42 +0100
From: Christian Perrier <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Packages not using po-debconf - more active actions to come
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Bringin the power of gettext to debconf (namely "po-debconf") has been
by far one of the major improvements in Debian's i18n infrastructure
over last years (it appeared a few weeks after woody's release and
entered unstable on Oct 1st 2002).
Nearly all, if not all, translators agree that maintaining
translations for packages which do NOT use po-debconf is a real pain
and nearly impossible.
This is why a huge effort was put to have packages which use debconf
switch their templates files to the "new" po-debconf style, which
allows translators to handle their work with the familiar GNU gettext
We are now left with 102 packages which do not use po-debconf. Most
often these packages have no translation for their templates, or
translations which are highly outdated, making them useless.
Most often they are not very actively maintained, or even
orphaned. Sometimes, their maintainers simply do not care.
Martin Quinson, Michel Grentzinger, myself, André Luis Lopes and a few
other translators have reported bugs against these packages,
suggesting they switch to the "new" system, most often providing them
with a patch.
This is now time for action...:-). Similarly to what was done with
longstanding pending translations, I will start a "NMU campaign"
targeting these packages. This campaign will be made with the same
care for respecting maintainers work and gently interact with them
(this has proven efficient for old pending translations).
We will of course use this opportunity for adding some translations to
Of course, help on that matter is very welcomed (Luk, Martin, others...).
Please find below the alphabetical list of the relevant packages
(main, then contrib, then non-free).
I have not yet looked over the BTS for giving the bug numbers for "Please
switch to po-debconf" bug reports. This is still work to do.
The real work will probably not start before early or mid-March...and,
of course, not interfering with the release process will be in the
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