[Mailman-i18n] Persistently drunken archives

Barry Warsaw barry at python.org
Sun Mar 5 16:42:56 CET 2006

On Sun, 2006-03-05 at 17:04 +1030, Clytie Siddall wrote:
> Hi everyone :)
> I am amused and somewhat puzzled by this string in mailman.po:
> ____
> po:40
> reference:	⑤	Mailman/Archiver/pipermail.py:297
> Original:	⌘0	Reloading pickled archive state
> ____
> Is it the archive, or the archiver who is pickled? Do they stay that  
> way? :D
> If this word has some specific technical meaning, please explain. ;)

That's pretty funny! :)

A 'pickle' is a Python-specific object serialization format.  It's a way
to take a bunch of live Python objects, and store them in such a way
that they can be reconstituted later.  Mailman's "database" consists of
pickles stored in files.

Truth be told, it's a bit surprising that we have to translate those
phrases since I doubt most Mailman users would understand what it means
anyway. ;)


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