[R] gettext weirdness
Prof Brian Ripley
ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Mon Feb 4 09:27:29 CET 2013
The 'wierdness' is that 'R' is a domain of C messages and you are
trying to use it from R. How messages are massaged before being sent
for translation depends on the language, including how trailing spaces
are handled. There is no reason to expect domains intended for C
code to work in R-level gettext(), nor in stop() etc.
This was really an R-devel question: see the posting guide.
On Mon, 4 Feb 2013, Florent Angly wrote:
> I am trying to use the gettext() function to translate some text. I have
> never used this function before, so, it's entirely possible that I am doing
> something wrong. The issue that I am encountering is that gettext() properly
> translates some text, but not some other.
> Natural language was compiled in my R (installed from the Debian
> $ R
> R version 2.15.1 (2012-06-22) -- "Roasted Marshmallows"
> Natural language support but running in an English locale
> Here is some text that has some translation in the file ./po/fr.po:
> #: src/main/errors.c:290
> msgid "invalid option \"warning.expression\""
> msgstr "option incorrecte \"warning.expression\""
> #: src/main/errors.c:582
> msgid "Error in "
> msgstr "Erreur dans "
> Start R in French and see if I can get something translated to French:
> $ LANG=fr_FR.UTF8 R
>> stop('This is an error')
> Erreur : This is an error
>> bindtextdomain("R") # does not seem necessary, but just to be safe...
>  "/usr/share/R/share/locale"
>> gettext("Error in ", domain="R")
>  "Error in "
>> "invalid option \"warning.expression\"" -> msg; gettext(msg, domain="R")
>  "option incorrecte \"warning.expression\""
> So, the stop() function successfully translates. I can also manually
> translate some entries, but why can does it not work for gettext("Error in ",
> Any idea?
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