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bug #61766: gsettings schemas translations do not support categories

Submitter:  Sebastian Keller <skeller>
Submitted:  Thu 06 Jan 2022 12:18:02 AM UTC
Category:  GSettings Severity:  3 - Normal
Item Group:  None Status:  Answer Provided
Privacy:  Public Assigned to:  haible
Open/Closed:  Closed

Thu 06 Jan 2022 10:54:14 PM UTC, comment #1: 

While it would theoretically be possible to create a PO file for the LC_MESSAGES category and a different PO file for the LC_TIME category, this approach is a bit expensive to put in place.

The approach that is ready-to-use is:
1) xgettext extracts the messages for both categories into a single PO file.
2) This single PO file gets compiled to a single .mo file.
3) By defining the variable


in your package's po/Makevars file, you ensure that the PO file is accessed both in the LC_MESSAGES category and in the LC_TIME category.

Problem solved.

Bruno Haible <haible>
Group administrator
Thu 06 Jan 2022 12:18:02 AM UTC, original submission:  

When using <default l10n='time'>'24h'</default> in a gsettings schema file to define a LC_TIME dependent default value, gettext only seems to recognize the presence of the "l10n" attribute but not the "time" value. This causes the translation to use the messages category rather than the time one. But gsettings will be looking for translations in the time category and not be able to find it.

This is currently blocking a fix using translations for this issue in GNOME: https://gitlab.gnome.org/GNOME/gsettings-desktop-schemas/-/issues/30

Other relevant links:

  • gsettings documentation for schema files:


  • gsettings schemas DTD about the l10n attribute:


Sebastian Keller <skeller>


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