debconf-getlang - extract a language from a templates file
debconf-getlang lang master [translation]
debconf-getlang --stats master translation [...]
Note: This utility is deprecated; you should switch to using the po-
This program helps make and manage translations of debconf templates.
There are basically three situations in which this program might be
A translation is just being started.
You want to provide the translator with a file they can work on
that has the English fields from your templates file, plus blank
Field-ll fields for the target language that they can fill in.
To do this, run the program with first parameter being the code for
the language that is being translated to, and the second parameter
being the filename of the English templates file.
A translation is well under way.
You have changed some English text, or added more items to your
templates file, and you want to send the translators a file with
the English text plus their current translations (or you are the
translator, and you want to generate such a file for your own use).
To accomplish this, run the program with the first parameter being
the the code for the language that is being translated to, the
second parameter being the filename of the master English templates
file, and the third parameter being the filename of the current
When run this way, the program is smart enough to notice fuzzy
translations. For example a fuzzy Description will be output as
Description-<lang>-fuzzy, and a new, blank Description-<lang> will
be added. Translators should remove the -fuzzy fields as they
correct the fuzzy translations.
Checking the status of a translation
To check the status of a translation, use the --status flag, and
pass the english template file as the first parameter, and all the
other translated templates after that. It will output statistics
for each of them. For example:
debconf-getlang --stats debian/templates debian/templates.*
Note that the text in the generated templates may be word-wrapped by
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