consistency between .po and .pot files

Sarah Wang sarahs at
Thu Feb 17 06:28:53 UTC 2005

On Thu, 2005-02-17 at 15:38, Marcel Telka wrote:
> Hi Sarah.
> On Thu, Feb 17, 2005 at 01:12:35PM +1000, Sarah Wang wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > As many of you mentioned before that the total number of entries varied
> Are you talking about statistics webpage?
> If so, then what about fixing the statistics generator to
> perform msgmerge while generating reports?
> That practice is common with many other translation projects,
> for example GNOME's GTP at

Yes, I'm referring to the status page. It pulls information from cvs
every 15 minutes. It might put too much load on the system to perform
msgmerge at the same time.

> > a great deal across all locales. The reason was the po files were not
> > kept consistent against corresponding pot files. I'm trying to find a
> > solution to maintain the consistency. Here are some options:
> > 
> > d. Each translator to perform "msgmerge" prior translation
> e. Download current po file from the webpage.
> Options d and e together should be sufficient. Translators
> already knows tools like intltool-update or msgmerge.
> If that is not a case then they could download current
> (and updated) po file from the web.

Here is another option extending option d:

have auto pre-commit check, compare .po file with .pot file, if .po is
not most up to date, commit will fail (perhaps allow it during grace
period but give warnings). If the translator doesn't know how to do
msgmerge, he/she can get help from the coordinator.

Would this option be better?


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