Re: Internationalizing Linux

Brandon S. Allbery KF8NH (
Sat, 05 Dec 1998 09:52:10 -0500

In message <>,
| On Fri, Dec 04, 1998 at 09:53:08AM +0100, Jes Sorensen wrote:
| >> So is that why the old IBM mainframes tagged every system
| >> message with a unique identifier?
| > Oh and everybody should have a 2000 page translation table on paper?
| Come on. You know these "SYS3175: Das Program hat eine illegale Instruktion
| ausgeführt und wird deshalb beendet." messages, ANY IBM programmer will be
| able to backtrack the message by using the SYS number.

Relatively poor example; as in Linux, that is printed by the "shell"
(PMSHELL.EXE in this case) in user mode and is therefore subject to
translation, just as bash can choose to internationalize the equivalent
Linux message ("Segmentation violation"). It's the stuff recorded by klogd
that is the problem.

| What do you need a 2000 page translation table for then?

Have you ever seen what an OS/2 error message during the early boot stages
looks like? ("OS/2 !! 01425" or similar. Linux's messages are rarely so
obtuse, thankfully.) I could kill whatever twat at IBM thought we didn't
need a translation table on paper....

brandon s. allbery	[os/2][linux][solaris][japh]
system administrator	     [WAY too many hats]
carnegie mellon / electrical and computer engineering			 KF8NH
			  Kiss my bits, Billy-boy.

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