Re: I18n of Packages files
On Sat, 30 Sep 2000, Marcin Owsiany wrote:
> 1) each package should have some 'control-LANG' files (LANG would be a full
> locale definition in form: firstname.lastname@example.org), and we
> would use something like the tools that allow translation of debconf
> template files to manipulate the descriptions
> - this allows easy maintainance of the descriptions and checking if
> they are up to date
This sounds reasonable, language specific, or all-in-one package files can
be constructed quite quickly by the package file generator and the
translations are stored in the .deb.
I suppose dpkg would have to store a Description-LANG field in the status
> - on installed system:
I'd recombine them in the available file actually, not much reason to have
seperate ones and complicates the dpkg --*-avail interface I think.
> - this allows to have only the wanted translations - for example
> apt can be configured to get the Packages files for languages
> "C", "pl" and "fi"
If the extra languages were stored in the control file, it would be some
pretty small changes to dpkg/dselect to start supporting this. Most of the
work would be around APT getting the new files and processing them for the
dpkg tools and for internal APT use.
> This new format will however take a _lot_ of work to implement, so I guess
> it's reasonable to allow for translated descriptions in the way I proposed
> until we have that new format.
I wouldn't let any plans that are tentative and targetted 4 years in
advance worry you.