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bug #38117: Feature request: New option --clear-translation (or just --clear)

Submitted by:  Guido Flohr <gflohr>
Submitted on:  Fri 18 Jan 2013 04:48:07 PM UTC  
Category:  Translator tools Severity:  3 - Normal
Item Group:  None Status:  Fixed
Privacy:  Public Assigned to:  Daiki Ueno <ueno>
Open/Closed:  Closed

( Jump to the original submission)

Sun 11 May 2014 12:15:30 AM UTC, comment #7:

Pushed it: http://git.savannah.gnu.org/cgit/gettext.git/commit/?id=2832f5c072ad569ddda09262a526018ba8fda265

Daiki Ueno <ueno>
Project AdministratorIn charge of this item.
Thu 10 Apr 2014 09:00:28 AM UTC, comment #6:


After some more thinking, --clear-fuzzy, --clear-translations, and --discard-fuzzy sound equally ambiguous to me. I think users will need to check the manual for the actual meaning of "clear" and "discard". I'd like to be more explicit here.

How about this?

msgattrib --clear-fuzzy --empty

Someone might be confused that --empty will affect all messages, but given that we already have --previous option (which affects only when --set-fuzzy is given), this is not too bad I guess.

At the same time, I'm thinking to add "empty" filter to msgfilter, to clear all msgstr.

I'm attaching a modified patch.

(file #31149)

Daiki Ueno <ueno>
Project AdministratorIn charge of this item.
Mon 07 Apr 2014 09:00:10 AM UTC, comment #5:

Yes, it sounds better.

Daiki Ueno <ueno>
Project AdministratorIn charge of this item.
Mon 07 Apr 2014 08:53:59 AM UTC, comment #4:

What about "--discard-fuzzy" with the help string "discard all translations marked `fuzzy'"?

Guido Flohr <gflohr>
Project Member
Mon 07 Apr 2014 08:01:11 AM UTC, comment #3:

Thanks for the patch, and I understand the naming issue...

As the actual behavior can be seen as a combination of two operations (removing fuzzy flag and resetting the msgstr to ""), how about:

msgattrib --no-fuzzy --remove-translations

which can be read as: --remove-translations modifies the --no-fuzzy option, so it sets msgstr empty, instead of removing the entire pair.

Daiki Ueno <ueno>
Project AdministratorIn charge of this item.
Fri 04 Apr 2014 01:36:23 PM UTC, comment #2:

I have prepared a patch, see attachment.

I'm not really happy with the option name. IMHO "--clear-fuzzy" would be appropriate but that is already taken. "--clear-fuzzy-translations" is too long and will break the layout of the help output. So I ended up with "--clear-translations" which is somewhat misleading.

I also wasn't sure how to treat obsolete fuzzy entries. It may be better to delete them. Currently they are kept.

(file #31125)

Guido Flohr <gflohr>
Project Member
Fri 04 Apr 2014 05:56:41 AM UTC, comment #1:

It sounds like a good addition. Do you have a patch for this? I'm happy to review/merge before the next release.

Daiki Ueno <ueno>
Project AdministratorIn charge of this item.
Fri 18 Jan 2013 04:48:07 PM UTC, original submission:

In order to clean up PO files I sometimes want to remove the translations of fuzzy entries and I don't see a way to do that painlessly with msgattrib.

Instead, I first have to filter out with --no-fuzzy, and then I can use msgmerge to merge back in the deleted entries.

Other people seem to have the same requirement. See here: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/7372414/removing-all-fuzzy-entries-of-a-po-file

Guido Flohr <gflohr>
Project Member


Attached Files
file #31125:  msgattr-clear-translations.patch added by gflohr (7KiB - text/x-patch - New option --clear-translations for msgattr)


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    Date Changed by Updated Field Previous Value => Replaced by
    2016-11-27 haible CategoryNone => Translator tools
        Assigned toNone => ueno
    2014-05-11 ueno StatusNone => Fixed
        Open/ClosedOpen => Closed
    2014-04-10 ueno Attached File- => Added 0001-msgattrib-Add-empty-option.patch, #31149
    2014-04-04 gflohr Attached File- => Added msgattr-clear-translations.patch, #31125

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