using gettext for .desktop translations

Jonathan Riddell jriddell at
Fri Dec 11 23:35:58 GMT 2009

On Fri, Dec 11, 2009 at 10:11:05PM +0100, Burkhard L?ck wrote:
> Am Freitag, 11. Dezember 2009 16:31:01 schrieb Jonathan Riddell:
> > Currently .desktop translations are kept in-file rather than using
> > gettext .po/.mo files as every other translation does.  This adds
> > extra complexity to application's translation infrastucture.  Although
> > KDE SVN has its own ways of coverting to and back from .po files third
> > party apps don't.  It also means distributions can't easily ship
> > updated translations.  Both Ubuntu and openSUSE patch KDE and Gnome to
> > make them use translations from gettext instead of .desktop files.
> > Should we consider changing the way these translations are done?  I
> > believe the glib maintainers are looking at this too.
> > 
> Looking at I see a minor release in 4.x 
> every month with bug fixes in the code, updated translations of gui, 
> documentation and *.desktop files, all together consistent.

Currently we don't ship those in the on-by-default updates archive
because they contain too many changes to verify.  Translation updates
do get shipped.


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