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[help-texinfo] Re: Setting human languag for makeinfo

From: Torsten Bronger
Subject: [help-texinfo] Re: Setting human languag for makeinfo
Date: Sat, 09 Apr 2005 14:22:54 +0200
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address@hidden (Karl Berry) writes:

> [...]
> For me, (export LANG=de; makeinfo --version) does *not* print German
> even with the released 4.8.  Shouldn't that work?  Does it work for you?

No, only de_DE yields German.  Just "de" results in English, as does
"fr".  fr_FR is French however, fr_CH too, probably because French
is spoken in Switzerland, because fr_DE is English again.  On my old
system (SuSE 7.2, now I have 9.2) just "de" worked.  Since I don't
know the *exact* locale on the destination computer, this means that
I cannot distribute reliable German Texinfo manuals.  And English
only works because it's the fallback.

The bottom line is that the locale is not supposed to be changed
temporarily.  ;-)

> [...]
>     However, "make" doesn't make those *.gmo files that are apparently
>     necessary for the translation.  I see no error messages, only with
>     "make install".
> I'm not doing anything special in the Makefiles, all this stuff is being
> generated by automake+autoconf+gettext.  I guess something else needs to
> happen to build the .gmo's, but I don't understand enough to know what,
> offhand.  Can you look into it?

Yes, I'll try it on some more systems.


Torsten Bronger, aquisgrana, europa vetus

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