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Re: (man|info) pages and --help

From: Pádraig Brady
Subject: Re: (man|info) pages and --help
Date: Sat, 19 Sep 2009 10:41:29 +0100
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Jim Meyering wrote:
> Pádraig Brady wrote:
>> Eric Blake wrote:
>>> According to Pádraig Brady on 9/18/2009 8:21 AM:
>>>> I'd vote for removing the translation help line unconditionally
>>> Hmm.  The GNU Coding Standards don't mention the translation bug report
>>> line, but the gettext manual recommends including it for any program with
>>> i18n output.  After all, translation bugs really are better directed to
>>> the language team that had the translation issue, rather than the
>>> developer that can't even understand the language in question.
>> Hmm, I wary about adding too much text.
>> Perhaps we should leave things as they are.
>> If someone is looking for more info than is given in --help
>> they'll look at the man page from which they'll be directed
>> to the texinfo docs.
>>> I can, however, agree that the translation line does not add much in the C
>>> locale, and probably not in en_ locales.
>> Note currently the translation line is not added in the C locale
>> (and hence is not in the default man pages).
> I confess that I am not quite sure that removing the translation
> line is a good move.
> What do you think about suppressing it also for en* locales
> instead of removing it altogether?
> An alternative: don't emit it into --help, but do insert it
> into the man page.

OK I'll update the patch to add the translation line
if strncmp(LC_MESSAGES, "en_", 3). I.E. the unusual case
of LC_MESSAGES=C will get the translation message, which
will mean it's included in the man page also.


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