[Rd] gettext() and messages in 'pkg' domain

Philippe Grosjean phgrosjean at sciviews.org
Sun Dec 30 11:14:22 CET 2007


As I understand it, gettext() is designed to retrieve messages from 
'R-pkg' domains. As such, it cannot retrieve some of the messages in the 
'pkg' domains (those supposed to be accessed by C code only, I know), 
namely, all messages ending with space(s) or \n. This is clearly 
indicated in ?gettext (at least for trailing spaces):

"For 'gettext', leading and trailing whitespace is ignored when looking 
for the translation."

So, my questions:
1) Do I really need to write C code to retrieve all messages from 'pkg' 

2) Wouldn't it be useful to add an argument to gettext() (like trim = 
TRUE), or alternatively, to propose a Gettext() function in utils 
packages that allows retrieving those messages with trailing space(s) or 
\n in 'pkg' domain from R code?


Philippe Grosjean

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