Re: Please check your sources for strings not marked for translation before release

I think it should be a small shell-script that would detect strings
nos marked for translation, using the "_" function.

For example, in gnome-packagekit/src folder, I've ran the following command:

 egrep -i "label.*\(\"" * |grep -v "_("

To detect all the «gtk_label_new» without a translatable string. Here
is the output:

gpk-distro-upgrade.c:	priv->status_label = gtk_label_new ("This is
where the status goes");
gpk-update-viewer.c:	info_mobile_label = gtk_label_new ("");

In this case... is the first line a bug? Should that string be translatable?

Using grep with the appropiate patterns (gtk_label_new is just an
example, it should also detect print, printf, etc functions) would
detect most of the non marked for translation strings. Also, it should
be easy to add it to git command, so it could show a warning it ther
user is commiting a source code file with strings not marked for

My 2 cents ;-)

2012/5/7 F Wolff <friedel translate org za>:
> Op Ma, 2012-05-07 om 13:59 +0200 skryf Kenneth Nielsen:
>> Hallo developers.
>> Since the release of GNOME 3.4 we have received a steady stream of
>> emails saying "This is not a string freeze break, we just forgot to mark
>> the strings for translation". So much so, that the statistics e.g. for
>> my language (which has not been touched since release) now counts 63*
>> untranslated or fuzzy strings in a source that was at 0 at release time,
>> three weeks ago.
>> I understand the reason for not counting marking existing strings as a
>> string freeze break. But please understand that even though you are in
>> your right to fix things like this post release, and even though it off
>> course makes sense to do it, it does not mean that it is not annoying
>> and a burden for translators.
>> The reason for this is that we concentrate large amounts of work in the
>> period just before release (where string changes are relatively quiet),
>> so therefore it is also an advantage for us if we can finish as much of
>> it as possible in that period (of course also because a lot of us has an
>> extra hat as distribution translators for distributions that follow
>> within a month or so of the gnome release). On top of that, small
>> updates are uncharacteristically expensive in a work/string-sense
>> because they involve the same amount of emails back and forth for
>> proofreading and git work.
>> So please... If you could make a bit more of an effort of checking your
>> sources for non-internationalized strings before release that would be
>> great. IMHO 63 is just a bit on the high side of where this number should be
>> Regards Kenneth
>> * These 63 off course also include genuinely new strings due e.g. to bug
>> fixes.
> I tried to write some notes a while ago that might help a bit:
> Keep well
> Friedel
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