libxfce4util needs 'make update-po'

Enrico Tröger enrico.troeger at
Sat Jan 31 14:14:43 CET 2009

On Sat, 31 Jan 2009 14:05:31 +0100, Enrico Tröger
<enrico.troeger at> wrote:

>while updating the translations for xfce-utils, I noticed the latest
>changes to the licence strings were not merged into the .po files, so
>translators maybe translate the old ones.
>For some reason, on my local copy 'make update-po' didn't do the job, I
>explicitly had to delete the xfce-utils.pot file and then create it
>again. So, it would be nice if someone could do this in the repo.
>Am I the only one noticing this?

Oh, and
#: ../xfce4-about/info.c:432
msgid "Copyright 2002-2008 by Olivier Fourdan"

is outdated again, since we already have 2009.

But now, it's hard to change because it would cause a fuzzy string
after the string freeze. OTOH, the current state of the xfce-utils
translation files is also wrong:

The code has:

xfce_err (_("Unable to load %s."), authors_filename);

the xfce-utils.pot file has:
#: ../xfce4-about/info.c:197
msgid "Unable to load "
msgstr ""

causing the following in the French translation (as an example):
#: ../xfce4-about/info.c:197
msgid "Unable to load "
msgstr "Impossible de charger "

All above is snippet from current SVN version.

So, the strings are not in sync and will never be translated.
Two possibilites:
a) Leave all as it is -> no language can reach 100% translation
b) run make update-po and break the string freeze

I heavily plead for b) even it would break the string freeze but
keeping untranslatable stuff doesn't help either.
And if doing so, just change the copyright as well.


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