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[bug-gettext] [sr #109125] Detecting missing files in POTFILES

From: Bruno Haible
Subject: [bug-gettext] [sr #109125] Detecting missing files in POTFILES
Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2018 07:58:32 -0400 (EDT)
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Update of sr #109125 (project gettext):

                  Status:                    None => Need Info              


Follow-up Comment #1:

Detecting non-existent files is probably already present: xgettext will
produce an error message when it accesses a non-existent file.

Detecting missing files is a problem that I see more on the side of the build
system (Automake) than in the Gettext package, because this missing file
detection would need to know many things that are specific to the project:
  - Which files are source files, vs. which files are just random files
created by the developer and not checked into version control?
  - Which directories contain tests and therefore should be ignored?
  - Which directories contain rapidly evolving (prototype-like) source, that
is not yet ready for translation?
  - Which file suffixes are used for which programming language?

However, I would agree that a recommendation for how to deal with this problem
could well be stated in the Gettext manual.

Do you have an idea how this recommendation should look like? Collect the list
of files through some 'find' command or 'git' command? When: at 'make dist'


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