Re: Translations of folder names - re-hiding special directories

On Tue, 2004-14-12 at 16:39 +0100, Murray Cumming wrote:
> Ryan McDougall wrote:
> > I would like to say that I'm totally against the assumption that being a
> > shell user implies you can speak English.
> But this is already a fact of life with the shell. Directory names, files
> names, executable names and their options are already based on knowledge
> of english. The shell is a bad UI and a badly-internationalized UI. Adding
> one or two more folders is not going to make much difference.
> [snip]
> Murray Cumming

Do a ls on "/usr/bin" and tell me thats English. Ask some English
speaker off the street what those commands do based on what little
English you can pick up from it.

Just because the shell is currently badly internationalized doesn't mean
we should make it worse, and get in the way of making it better later.
Directory names in English in the $HOME is precisely what we're
currently arguing about (any directories outside of $HOME are far less

Maybe you don't care so much about foreigners putting a foreign language
in your $HOME, but I'm thinking some people would, and I'm speaking up
for them.


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