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SubjectRe: Kernel-Messages translation
On Fri, 20 Jun 1997, Rafal Maszkowski wrote:
> 2. English-only hackers should still be able to understand all the
> messages. Using messages identifiers is not enough, although it may be
> useful anyway. The only way is to display messages in both languages,
> or to make it configuration option at least (to configure pl+en or
> en or even pl+en+de?).

Very good point IMHO.

> 4. The translation should be available as compiled-in and as a standalone
> kernel module. It can't be a user space program because it won't work
> during the kernel startup.

This is a very humble attempt to participate in the discussion.

I would strongly vote for kernel modules, one for each language. If the
kernel modules are not there, English should be compiled in as a
fall-back. I wouldn't mind the extra space used up and with today's
computers having about 16MB, it shouldn't be an issue. If one needs to run
a 4MB DNS server (etc.), he doesn't need to compile it in.

A good reason for using modules is that they can easily be integrated in
binary linux distributions. There should be no need to recompile in order
to change the language.

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