[Mailman-Users] Mailman 2.1.13 and Unicode

Mark Sapiro mark at msapiro.net
Mon Jul 5 16:45:06 CEST 2010

Ulf Dunkel wrote:

>I wonder if there is any simple way to have my Mailman 2.1.13 strings 
>set to Unicode (UTF-8).

For English language lists, it should be as simple as putting

add_language('en', 'English (USA)', 'utf-8', 'ltr')

in mm_cfg.py. This has not been done in the distribution for
superstitious reasons. Note that the i18n call _('English (USA)')
that's in Defaults.py has been intentionally omitted above. You don't
want it in the mm_cfg.py context.

For another language which is not already utf-8, e.g. German, in
addition to putting

add_language('de', 'German', 'utf-8', 'ltr')

in mm_cfg.py, you also need to transliterate the message catalog and
templates to from iso-8859-1 to utf-8. I.e. you need to do something

cd $prefix
for file in `ls templates/de` ; do
  iconv -f iso-8859-1 -t utf-8 -o $temp templates/de/$file
  cp $temp templates/de/$file
cd messages/de/LC_MESSAGES
iconv -f iso-8859-1 -t utf-8 mailman.po | \
  sed '/^"Content-Type:/s/charset=.*\\n/charset=utf-8\\n/ > $temp
cp $temp mailman.po
msgfmt -o mailman.mo mailman.po

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