[Libvir] [PATCH 4/9] qemudReportError: mark for translation string args to this function

Jim Meyering jim at meyering.net
Fri Mar 28 11:36:45 UTC 2008

"Richard W.M. Jones" <rjones at redhat.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 28, 2008 at 12:15:04PM +0100, Jim Meyering wrote:
>> But there's nothing we can do about the latter, and there *is* something
>> we can do about the former: precede with "%s".  Of course, gettext tools
>> like msgmerge are careful to ensure that %-directives in translations
>> match those in the original, so it's not a problem, in general.
> Does msgmerge distinguish between ordinary strings and format strings,
> eg. puts (_("SQL lets you write LIKE '%string%'")); ?

Yes, though actually it's xgettext that does the checking,
and you tell it which functions take format strings and how.
Here's part of coreutils' bootstrap.conf:

  # Additional xgettext options to use.  Use "\\\newline" to break lines.

libvirt could use something similar.
This is yet another reason to try to avoid adding a
new error-printing function per subsystem.

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