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Re: [PATCH 12/12] fsck: mark strings for translation

On Mon, Oct 29, 2018 at 3:09 PM Junio C Hamano <gitster@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> SZEDER Gábor <szeder.dev@xxxxxxxxx> writes:
> >> -    fprintf(stderr, "%s in %s %s: %s\n",
> >> -            msg_type, printable_type(obj), describe_object(obj), err);
> >> +    fprintf_ln(stderr, _("%s in %s %s: %s"),
> >
> > Are the (f)printf() -> (f)printf_ln() changes all over
> > 'builtin/fsck.c' really necessary to mark strings for translation?
> It is beyond absolute minimum but I saw it argued here that this
> makes it easier to manage the .po and .pot files if your message
> strings do not end with LF, a you are much less likely to _add_
> unneeded LF to the translated string than _lose_ LF at the end of
> translated string.

Especially when \n plays an important role and we don't trust
translators to keep it [1] [2]. It's probably a too defensive stance
and often does not apply, so nowadays I do it just to keep a
consistent pattern in the code.

[1] https://public-inbox.org/git/20120308220131.GA10122@burratino/#t
[2] but then translators can crash programs anyway (e.g. changing %d
to %s...) we just trust gettext tools to catch problems early.