Re: Internationalizing Linux
Sun, 6 Dec 1998 13:23:38 +0100

On Sat, Dec 05, 1998 at 09:52:10AM -0500, Brandon S. Allbery KF8NH wrote:

>| 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


>| 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....

ACK, but why don't we merge the two things? Make an option into "make
[menu|x|...]config" that includes the right header file for ONE language,
but STILL prints out a unique error/message number. I would perhaps even
suggest that the error identifier contains the .c file it is in, like sd.c
or mcdx.c do it even nowadays. (? not sure about this example) Like

ncr53c875.c_0012: 0 SCSI Hosts gefunden.

_ciao, Jens_______________________________
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    mount -t hdev /dev/human/mouth01 /mouth ; cat /cup >/mouth/gulp

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