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Re: I18n of Packages files

On Tue, Sep 19, 2000 at 08:49:50PM +0200, Marcin Owsiany wrote:
> I think one of the most important part of Debian system that is not i18ned
> is the packages descriptions. It is essential for the user to be able to
> choose the packages he/she needs.

I agree. But I don't think, a translated description is for dpkg
importent. More importent is IMHO to translating the Packages[.gz] 
files on the mirrors. 

Think about that a minute:
If we have package-$LANG.gz-files on our mirrors, with all the fields, 
and libapt download this package-$LANG.gz files, all apt-tools 
have translated descriptions...

With this the whole package don't need translated texts. The translated text are only 
in the package-$LANG.gz files. This files are maintaining from one or
more maintainer per language. 
	(they work only on a po-like file, without the other non
	translated fields. This pre-Packages-$LANG file is merged with
	the english Package-file to the new translated Packages file.)

I see a lot of pros:
      -	no work on dpkg and other Tools. Only a nice, short patch 
	to libapt: download Packages-$LANG[.gz] and if this file not on
	the server, download Packages[.gz]
      -	all tools has the translated descriptions (apt, dselect,
	gnome-apt, ...), because the /var/cache/apt/pkgcache.bin 
	and the /var/lib/dpkg/available files are translatet
      - nice little packages without 130 translations of the descrition 
      - no work for the package maintainer. Normally the package
	maintainer don't know more as 2-4 languages and he can't work 
	with bugreports about the wrong translation.

I see one big con:
      - On a system is only one descrition. The system admin can't
	switch the language without download new package files...

comment on it?

Is here a apt mailing list?

Michael Bramer  -  a Debian Linux Developer http://www.debian.org
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