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Re: [bug-gettext] Endianness of .mo files

From: Daiki Ueno
Subject: Re: [bug-gettext] Endianness of .mo files
Date: Fri, 16 May 2014 15:58:22 +0900
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Santiago Vila <address@hidden> writes:

> There is a long discussion about .mo file endianness in this Debian
> bug report:
> https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=671257
> As a result, I applied the attached patch to the Debian package, which
> makes our work a lot easier, specially for multiarch.

After reading the discussion, I was left with a question.

When the GNU gettext infrastructure is used, upstream tarballs include
*.gmo files, which could have been generated in a different byte-order.
Does the recent Debian build system forcibly regenerate them on package

> I wonder if it would be possible to have some sort of option which I
> can pass to ./configure to achieve this behaviour so that modifying
> msgfmt.c directly was not needed.

Yes, it could.  But I doubt if it really helps multiarch packaging.
Perhaps it might be easier to run a small script that converts
byte-order of *.mo files after the "make install" phase.

Daiki Ueno

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