[Rd] gettext(msgid, domain="R") doesn't work for some 'msgid':s

Henrik Bengtsson henr|k@bengt@@on @end|ng |rom gm@||@com
Fri Nov 5 15:51:22 CET 2021

I'm trying to reuse some of the translations available in base R by using:

  gettext(msgid, domain="R")

This works great for most 'msgid's, e.g.

$ LANGUAGE=de Rscript -e 'gettext("cannot get working directory", domain="R")'
[1] "kann das Arbeitsverzeichnis nicht ermitteln"

However, it does not work for all.  For instance,

$ LANGUAGE=de Rscript -e 'gettext("Execution halted\n", domain="R")'
[1] "Execution halted\n"

This despite that 'msgid' existing in:

$ grep -C 2 -F 'Execution halted\n' src/library/base/po/de.po

#: src/main/main.c:342
msgid "Execution halted\n"
msgstr "Ausführung angehalten\n"

It could be that the trailing newline causes problems, because the
same happens also for:

$ LANGUAGE=de Rscript --vanilla -e 'gettext("error during cleanup\n",
[1] "error during cleanup\n"

Is this meant to work, and if so, how do I get it to work, or is it a bug?



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