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‐debconf package.

     This program helps make and manage translations of
debconf templates.  There are basically three situations in
which this program might be called:

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
    translated file.

    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

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

      debconf−getlang −−stats debian/templates debian/templates.*


Note that the text in the generated templates may be word‐
wrapped by debconf.


Joey Hess <>