Re: including translated manpages in packages
- To: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Subject: Re: including translated manpages in packages
- From: Adam Di Carlo <email@example.com>
- Date: 11 Sep 1999 14:14:59 -0400
- Message-id: <[🔎] firstname.lastname@example.org>
- In-reply-to: Rafael Caetano dos Santos's message of "Tue, 24 Aug 1999 17:52:22 -0300"
- References: <19990820195433.G23159@linux.ime.usp.br> <19990821122654.A1491@wonderland> <19990824175222.B8067@linux.ime.usp.br>
Rafael Caetano dos Santos <email@example.com> writes:
> Marco d'Itri writes:
> > On Aug 21, Rafael Caetano dos Santos <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > >Clearly, many people don't want hundreds of foreign language manpages
> > >installed. But unfortunately our installation system doesn't handle
> > >thinks like "profiles" or "environment variables", which could be used to
> > >tell each installation script which language(s) will be used on the
> > >system. Hopefully, this kind of thing will be included in dpkgV2, or at
> > A rm -rf of the appropriate trees after upgrades is a good workaround.
> I agree (but some people don't).
I agree that translated man pages should be installed. The only way
to filter this sort of data, actually, would be to have either a dpkg
post-install hook (discussed by Manoj some time ago), or install man
pages thru an intermediary ('/usr/sbin/install-manpage') which could
be configured for language filtering.
> > >My (unofficial) proposal is roughly: if there are translated manpages for
> > >a package, and a developer sends them to the mantainer, he must include
> > >them in the package.
> > I agree, but we should really try to pass them upstream.
> Then there are problems with large release cycles. There's a delay
> between the a new release, with new or altered manpages, and the
> translation of those manpages. I _guess_ most upstream mantainers are
> unwilling to release new versions only to add translated manpages.
It is unacceptable to not pass changes to upstream maintainers. This
is non-negotiable as a Debian developer, and specified in the Social
However, there's nothing to prevent enterprising maintainers from
including the translated material in their packages.
.....Adam Di Carlo....adam@onShore.com.....<URL:http://www.onShore.com/>