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Re: problematic \r in msgid

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: problematic \r in msgid
Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2007 19:03:56 -0500
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Benno Schulenberg wrote:
> Hi,
> In the POT file for bash-3.2 there is one msgid that contains two
> \r characters.  Are these carriage returns necessary?  If not, it 
> would be better to remove them, as they are awkward for translators 
> and are causing a mild indigestion on Launchpad at the moment 
> (which is Launchpad's fault, but if the ^Ms aren't needed...).

The idea is that malloc/free can be called at any time, by any piece
of code, regardless of the state of the terminal: raw, canonical,
whatever.  The intent is that the cursor be placed at column 0 both
before and after printing the message, so it stands alone.

I'm not sure why \r at the beginning and end of a message bothers
translators -- the actual translatable message text remains the same
regardless (and, yes, launchpad's problems are its own).

I may make the message untranslated, as you suggest, but the question
remains:  why does it matter?

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