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SubjectRe: Jive -> Kernel (International Linux)
On Thu, 16 Jan 1997, William Sowerbutts wrote:

> So, forget that. I propose the following solution: The kernel contains all
> of the messages in English. If the user wants to, they may override some of
> the messages with their own langauge; if a message isn't overridden the
> English default is used. Perhaps the memory used up for the English default
> could be freed in some way?
>
> Of course, I've no idea how to code this, I'm not a kernel hacker ;) Maybe
> an "enhanced_printk" type function? This would allow existing kernel code
> to function, but new code could supplement the existing code. The
> enhanced_printk function could be implemented merely as a wrapper around
> the existing printk?

You could do this with modules. Create a global variable
printk_language_hook, which defaults to NULL. Then amend printk() to say:

asmlinkage int printk(const char *fmt, ...)
{
[...]
if (printk_language_hook)
fmt = printk_language_hook(fmt);
[...]
}
Thus, you can load modules that define printk_language_hook to be a
pointer to some function that substitutes the original English text with
something in the chosen language. You'd have to deal with parameters
somehow, I suppose...

P.


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