display content of a PO file in a debconf interface
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FRONTEND ] file.po
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As with any
other localization work, translators should test their
translations by running the program they are working on. But
this is a very hard job with complicated configuration
scripts because there is no automatic way to have all
podebconf-display-po program could be called the
Poor Man Localization Checker for debconf. It parses
a PO file, tries to guess what the original
templates file did look like, and displays messages in a
Of course being
root is not mandatory, and there is no interaction between
podebconf-display-po and system-wide debconf
Display a usage summary and
Select an alternate debconf
As podebconf-display-po relies on "debconf" to
display questions, your environment must be setup to display
localized questions in the language of the PO
file. If you want to check a translation in another language, you
need to temporarily change your settings, e.g.
$ LANGUAGE=de podebconf-display-po de.po
If the PO file cannot be converted into your
current encoding, English strings are displayed instead of the
localized ones. You then have to switch to a UTF-8
environment to prevent encoding mismatch.
Prior to 0.8.3, "po-debconf" did only insert the field
name in PO files. But some discussions on
mailing-lists showed that text format does depend on template
type, e.g. string and boolean types are different because the
former is an open question and user has to enter some text input,
whereas the latter is basically a Yes/No question. Authors have
to think about it when writing their templates files, but
translators also have to be aware.
This is achieved when PO files are generated by
po-debconf >= 0.8.3, template type is inserted in
PO files. With older versions,
podebconf-display-po has a trivial algorithm to determine
original template type, and may sometimes be wrong.
The "dialog" frontend, when based upon
"whiptail", traps system signals and thus
podebconf-display-po cannot be interrupted by
"Ctrl-C" when using this frontend.
Denis Barbier <barbier[:at:]linuxfr[:dot:]org>