ubuntu patch 03_branding negatively effects localizations

Bug #1053785 reported by Daniel Hartwig on 2012-09-21
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ubuntu Translations
aptitude (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

The ubuntu patch 03_branding changes various mentions of “Debian” to “Ubuntu.” This does not work well with translations.

This patch has a negative effect on localization of aptitude in Ubuntu.

The file section-descriptions is patched such that the description for section “base” begins “The Ubuntu base system…” however the translations for this are pulled from the files aptitude-defaults.$LANG and the patch does not also update those. Viewed in French, for example, the interface shows “Le système de base Debian…”

Elsewhere, the patch changes strings used as gettext msgid's without updating the po files or translations contained therein. Consequently there are a few places in the UI where the patch has broken the translations.

Of course, it is considered somewhat bad form to do a simple string replace on translations because there can be subtleties which make the result incorrect.

In the next development cycle we will be considering the options upstream and may remove direct references to Debian to avoid the issue.

Package: aptitude
Version: 0.6.8ubuntu1

David Planella (dpm) on 2012-10-18
Changed in ubuntu-translations:
status: New → Triaged
importance: Undecided → Low
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