[Distutils] Msgfmt in distutils?

Toshio Kuratomi a.badger at gmail.com
Thu Oct 2 01:28:09 CEST 2008

Philip Jenvey wrote:
> On Oct 1, 2008, at 11:25 AM, Toshio Kuratomi wrote:
>> Jeroen Ruigrok van der Werven wrote:
>>> -On [20081001 16:28], Toshio Kuratomi (a.badger at gmail.com) wrote:
>>>>> and have distutils do the right thing with the .po files at build time
>>>>> (generate .mo files from them) and at install time (install them into
>>>>> PREFIX/share/locales/LC_MESSAGES/, or wherever the distribution is
>>>>> configured to put them).
>>> [snip]
>>>> This has been a big deal for some applications I work on.  Our first
>>>> cut
>>>> was to add new Build and InstallData command classes.
>>> Actually with Babel (http://babel.edgewall.org/) that's all handled.
>> That's good to know.  One of our Turbogears applications uses Babel and
>> it definitely doesn't install to the right place.  I'd love to fix it to
>> take advantage of Babel' properly.  Would you be kind enough to point me
>> documentation on how to get Babel to install locale files?  Looking at
>> the babel website, I only see documentation up to building the message
>> catalogs.  If the install portion is integrated into setuptools is there
>> something I might have to configure in setup() to tell babel/setuptools
>> what directory to use?
> Once you have Babel generating .mo files, all you'll need is a
> package_data entry for them, e.g.:
>     package_data={'foo': ['i18n/*/LC_MESSAGES/*.mo']},
> then the catalogs will make it into the final sdist/egg and be included
> during an installation.
Thanks!  This isn't quite what I was asking, though.  the orignal poster
was asking how to install the catalogs into /usr/share/locale, the
proper directory on a Linux system.  I thouoght babel was able to do
that but it seems babel currently just handles the creation and
maintenance of the message catalogs.  Which is a huge thing!  I just was
hoping to get rid of my ugly code to move the catalogs into the system


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