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bug #35880: grub tries to load $grubdir/locale/en.mo.gz

Submitted by:  Mike GIlbert <floppym>
Submitted on:  Sat 17 Mar 2012 10:04:45 PM UTC
Votes:  85  
Category:  Booting Severity:  Major
Priority:  5 - Normal Item Group:  Software Error
Status:  Fixed Privacy:  Public
Assigned to:  None Originator Name:  Mike Gilbert
Open/Closed:  Closed Release: 
Release:  * Bazaar - trunk Reproducibility:  Every Time
Planned Release:  None
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Mon 04 Mar 2013 02:45:11 PM UTC, comment #12: 

For the record, this silly complaint is patched out the very same way at least openSUSE and ALT Linux.

(file #27564)

Michael Shigorin <gvy>
Thu 06 Sep 2012 10:53:05 AM UTC, comment #11: 

Vladimir, I think that this is a kind of odd position to take, honestly.  Userspace gettext falls back silently to untranslated text if translations are unavailable.  I don't see why boot loader translations are so much more important than userspace translations that they require printing an error message; furthermore, surely in cases of doubt similarly-named parts of the GNU system should behave similarly, and therefore GRUB gettext should adopt the behaviour of GNU libc gettext here.

(file #26488)

Colin Watson <cjwatson>
Project Member
Thu 10 May 2012 09:49:11 AM UTC, comment #10: 

IMO the problem is not so much what it try to load but the error message when a locale setting without translation is used.

The complaint about the missing locale is relevant when grub-mkconfig is run - not so much on runtime.

Mads Kiilerich <kiilerix>
Mon 19 Mar 2012 04:09:16 PM UTC, comment #9: 


Perhaps we should change this from a bug to a feature request: add "en" and "en_US" translations.

Mike GIlbert <floppym>
Mon 19 Mar 2012 04:05:15 PM UTC, comment #8: 

The problem here basically is that user requests specifically en_US and not C/POSIX and neither en_US nor en is available.
And actually en_US translation for GRUB would make the sense since currently the translation also specifies date format and by default GRUB uses ISO date.

Vladimir Serbinenko <phcoder>
Project Administrator
Mon 19 Mar 2012 04:00:02 PM UTC, comment #7: 

Right, so your point is that other applications have English translations. Is such a thing in the works for GRUB?

If not, maybe you could just add an empty translation for English to prevent the error message from happening at boot.

Mike GIlbert <floppym>
Mon 19 Mar 2012 03:44:47 PM UTC, comment #6: 

> rather than complaining about a base en translation that will never exist.

phcoder@debian.x201.phnet:16:43:56:~/compile$ ls /usr/share/locale/en/LC_MESSAGES/
clisplow.mo  clisp.mo  gnome-control-center-2.0.mo  gtk30.mo  gtk30-properties.mo  iso_3166_2.mo  lynx.mo

Vladimir Serbinenko <phcoder>
Project Administrator
Sat 17 Mar 2012 11:54:08 PM UTC, comment #5: 

I think the main issue is that the error is misreported; it should tell the user that the en_US dialect is missing, rather than complaining about a base en translation that will never exist.

Mike GIlbert <floppym>
Sat 17 Mar 2012 11:23:54 PM UTC, comment #4: 

Yes, but English is a bit of a special case; the messages are already written in English.

Nobody really cares about quotes in their boot loader.

Mike GIlbert <floppym>
Sat 17 Mar 2012 11:19:27 PM UTC, comment #3: 

It's not created because there is no en.po. But the same holds also for e.g. es.po (Spanish) but we need to give a reason why GRUB isn't in locale language despite being configured for it.

Vladimir Serbinenko <phcoder>
Project Administrator
Sat 17 Mar 2012 11:11:47 PM UTC, comment #2: 

As far as I can tell, en.mo.gz is never created, so attempting to load it will never succeed.

Mike GIlbert <floppym>
Sat 17 Mar 2012 10:12:27 PM UTC, comment #1: 

This is not a bug. "en" locale may also need some translation like handling proper quoting, see en@quot. So not loading it wouldn't be correct.

Vladimir Serbinenko <phcoder>
Project Administrator
Sat 17 Mar 2012 10:04:45 PM UTC, original submission:  

Grub tries to load an English translation if grub-mkconfig is run with an English locale (LANG=en_US.UTF-8).

This causes an error message to briefly displayed before the menu loads on boot up.

This was originally reported downstream at Gentoo Linux.


Mike GIlbert <floppym>


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    2013-03-04 gvy Attached File- => Added grub2-fix-locale-en.mo.gz-not-found-error-message.patch, #27564
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