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internationalizing help2man (was: Re: splitting manpages-nl ...)


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On Mon, 19 Mar 2001, Ivo Timmermans wrote on
> Ideally, the Dutch (and other) manpages should be distributed together
> with the upstream sources.  Fileutils for example should install its
> translated manpages itself.

Indeed.  I started looking at how to implement such a thing.  Currently,
the GNU tools use help2man by Brendan O'Dea to convert the stuff
binaries give when invoked with --help to a manpage.  help2man supports
english only; therefore all alternative --help texts, included in .po
files, do _not_ get converted to manpages, and only an english manpage
gets installed.  I believe the best thing to do would be to
internationalize help2man.  Once that is done, GNU packages could
provide a hook to install manpages in other languages.

Brendan, do you think it would be a good idea to internationalize



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