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Linux 2.6 - man page for podebconf-display-po (linux section 1)


       podebconf-display-po - display content of a PO file in a debconf interface

       podebconf-display-po [-h] [-f FRONTEND] file.po

       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 messages displayed.

       The 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 debconf interface.

       Of course being root is not mandatory, and there is no interaction between podebconf-
       display-po and system-wide debconf settings.

       -h, --help
	   Display a usage summary and exit.

       -f, --frontend=FRONTEND
	   Select an alternate debconf frontend.

       o   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.

       o   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.

       o   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@linuxfr.org>

					    2010-11-17			  PODEBCONF-DISPLAY-PO(1)

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