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Re: [bug-recutils] Translations for man pages

From: Jose E. Marchesi
Subject: Re: [bug-recutils] Translations for man pages
Date: Thu, 02 Jan 2014 19:44:28 +0100
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[Sorry for the delay, I just got back from my winter holidays.]

Hi Mario.
    I'm the German translator of recutils. The po files are hosted at 
    translationproject.org (TP). In addition to the UI strings, I like to 
    translate the man pages.

Thanks for taking care of the German translation :)

Now, regarding the man pages...  note that as part of our build process
we use the help2man utility in order to generate them.  That utility
uses the output of --help and constructs the corresponding manual page.
We don't maintain manually-written manpages because our main
documentation is the texinfo manual, as John already pointed out.

Look at the -L option of help2man: it allows to produce localized manual
pages provided both the program and help2man supports the used locale.
For example:

$ help2man -L de_DE -o ./man/recsel.de.1 ./src/recsel

Look at man/Makefile.am.  A clever make rule could look into po/ and
determine which languages are supported by the utilities.  Then it would
invoke help2man in order to generate the localized man pages.  Would you
like to contribute something like that?

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