Gettext support for .desktop files

Bug #3697 reported by Zygmunt Krynicki
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pyxdg (Ubuntu)
Martin Pitt
Martin Pitt

Bug Description

Gettext support is badly needed.

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Zygmunt Krynicki (zyga) wrote : Debdiff against pyxdg_0.15-0ubuntu2.dsc to support gettext

This patch adds gettext support.

Zygmunt Krynicki (zyga)
Changed in pyxdg:
assignee: nobody → mvo
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Martin Pitt (pitti) wrote :

Some beautification proposals:

++ self.gettext_domain = self.get('X-Gettext-Domain') or None

should be

++ self.gettext_domain = self.get('X-Gettext-Domain')

(hash.get() already returns None by default if the key doesn't exist).

+- value = self.content[group][self.__addLocale(key, group)]
++ if self.gettext_domain:
++ value = gettext.dgettext(self.gettext_domain, self.content[group][key]) or self.content[group][self.__addLocale(key, group)]
++ else:
++ value = self.content[group][self.__addLocale(key, group)]

looks a bit overcomplicated and wrong; dgettext() certainly never returns None? So the 'or' in the then clause does not make sense. Instead, self.content[group][self.__addLocale(key, group)] should be used if dgettext() just returns the initial argument (i. e. untranslated).

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Zygmunt Krynicki (zyga) wrote : Improved patch

This patch will only use the X-Ubuntu-Gettext-Domain key from [Desktop Entry] sections.

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Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Martin, any comment on the new patch?

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Martin Pitt (pitti) wrote :

Looks sane enough, but I didn't test it.

Michael Vogt (mvo)
Changed in pyxdg:
status: Unconfirmed → Confirmed
Matt Zimmerman (mdz)
Changed in pyxdg:
assignee: mvo → pitti
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Martin Pitt (pitti) wrote :

 pyxdg (0.15-1ubuntu4) dapper; urgency=low
   * Add debian/patches/gettext-support.patch: Apply forgotten patch from
     Zygmunt Krynicki to get language pack support for .desktop files also in
     gnome-app-install. Closes: LP#3697

I made the patch a little more robust to protect against exceptions from gettext. Works fine now. Thanks!

Changed in pyxdg:
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
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Martin Pitt (pitti) wrote :

Reopening, since the latest glib now made some behaviour changes which need to be mirrored in pyxdg. In particular, it needs to prefer inline translations over gettext ones now. (See

Changed in pyxdg:
status: Fix Released → In Progress
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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package pyxdg - 0.15-1.1ubuntu5

pyxdg (0.15-1.1ubuntu5) jaunty; urgency=low

  * gettext-support.patch: Update to corresponding changes in glib:
    - Prefer inline translations over gettext ones.
    - Prefer X-GNOME-Gettext-Domain over X-Ubuntu-Gettext-Domain.
    - LP: #3697

 -- Martin Pitt <email address hidden> Wed, 04 Mar 2009 19:24:18 +0100

Changed in pyxdg:
status: In Progress → Fix Released
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