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bug #49560: [PATCH] _nl_language_preferences_default needs updating for macOS Sierra (10.12)

Submitted by:  Kristian Rietveld <krietvel>
Submitted on:  Tue 08 Nov 2016 08:01:46 PM UTC  
Category:  End-user / runtime Severity:  3 - Normal
Item Group:  None Status:  None
Privacy:  Public Assigned to:  None
Open/Closed:  Open

Tue 08 Nov 2016 08:01:46 PM UTC, original submission:

_nl_language_preferences_default() (in gettext-runtime/intl/langprefs.c) has a special implementation for macOS. In this function all preferred languages as configured in the Operating System are iterated. As soon as the English language is detected, the iteration is stopped and no further languages are considered. This is because many GNU programs don't ship an en.mo catalog.

The problem is that detection of the English language is no longer working properly on macOS Sierra (10.12), causing preferred languages with a lower priority than English to be considered. This problem has been reported numerous times in the GIMP bug tracker (see https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=770708).

The attached patch solves the problem. (Although the patch is not against the most recent release of gettext, the code in git HEAD also shows this problem).

Before Sierra, preferred languages were listed as:


Starting with Sierra, this has changed to:


which is way modification of the string comparison is required. This change is elaborated in the following Apple TechNote: https://developer.apple.com/library/content/technotes/tn2418/_index.html

Kristian Rietveld <krietvel>


Attached Files
file #38908:  gettext-fix-English-language-fallback-for-macOS-Sierra.patch added by krietvel (1KiB - application/octet-stream - Proposed patch)


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    Date Changed by Updated Field Previous Value => Replaced by
    2016-11-27 haible CategoryNone => End-user / runtime
    2016-11-08 krietvel Attached File- => Added gettext-fix-English-language-fallback-for-macOS-Sierra.patch, #38908

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