using gettext for .desktop translations

Martin Sandsmark sandsmark at
Sat Dec 12 03:23:26 GMT 2009

On Saturday 12. December 2009 02.13.11 Jonathan Riddell wrote:
> It's already been done in Ubuntu and SuSE.  Nobody has noticed any
> notable overhead.

Has anyone actually run some tests to see how much things slow down? The 
threshold for "reporting" slowness or sluggishness (which I guess the 
downsides from this would be) is pretty high, in my experience.

It might make some things less complex, but if it comes with a significant 
(though negligible by itself) overhead, I'm not sure if it is a great idea 
(since the problem this new approach is solving is already solved 
satisfactorily by the current approach and tools, without the added overhead).  

Martin T. Sandsmark

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