[cgl_discussion] Re: [PATCH-RFC] README 1ST - New problem logging macros (2.5.38)

Rob Landley landley at trommello.org
Thu Sep 26 11:41:06 PDT 2002


On Thursday 26 September 2002 04:01 pm, Larry Kessler wrote:
> Rik van Riel wrote:
> > On Thu, 26 Sep 2002, Larry Kessler wrote:
> > > Distros could be motivated to provide translations, etc. for the kernel
> > > versions that they base new releases on.
> >
> > Unlikely.  It's hard enough already when somebody who doesn't
> > speak the language submits a bugreport by email or through
> > bugzilla.
> >
> > I don't want to imagine receiving a bug report from eg. Japan
> > that has a cut'n'pasted kernel error in Japanese. It's not just
> > that I can't read Japanese ... I don't even have the FONT to
> > display it.
>
> Right, so the tools that take kernel events and display them in
> human-readable form must be written to always display in english,
> with the option to also display in another language, thus allowing
> the non-English-reading SysAdmin in Japan to easily understand the
> info.

If your system is functional enough after the "event" that the user can make 
this selection and the system listens to them, then it can clearly be done in 
userspace.

Otherwise, the ability to select is kind of pointless.  It has to be done 
before you actually have a problem, and will result in swahili bug reports to 
the list because that's the language it was outputting when the problem 
happened and they can't necessarily reproduce the problem on demand.

Rob



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