Bug 88300

Summary: RFE: Please make messages translatable
Product: systemd Reporter: Samuel Thibault <samuel.thibault>
Component: generalAssignee: systemd-bugs
Status: NEW --- QA Contact: systemd-bugs
Severity: normal    
Priority: medium CC: piotrdrag
Version: unspecified   
Hardware: Other   
OS: All   
i915 platform: i915 features:

Description Samuel Thibault 2015-01-11 20:08:17 UTC

Non-english-native users would need to see translated messages, to be less scared when things get wrong...

Comment 1 Zbigniew Jedrzejewski-Szmek 2015-01-12 05:11:00 UTC
I was thinking about that too. Recently a bunch of new translations for systemd (as far as it is translatable) were added, so it seems that there's a healthy community of translators who would do the translations if the functionality were provided.

We should use gettext.

Systemd is a large project, and translating all messages that can be emitted is a huge amount of work for little gain. I'd pick a few areas that are the most important (useful to casual users), and concentrate on that. Anything that is below log_info would not be translated.

In some rough order of priority:
- stuff that systemd prints to the console
- systemd-tty-ask-password-agent
- systemctl, hostnamectl, timedatectl, journalctl, localectl

For the tools the order does not really matter. I'd probably be good to start with the smaller ones.
Comment 2 Lennart Poettering 2015-01-28 20:48:38 UTC
I'd be really careful with adding gettext support to PID 1 itself. I am fine with adding it to the client-side tools, but all that i18n complexity from PID 1 makes me feel very uncomfortable.

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