13 The Maintainer's View
The maintainer of a package has many responsibilities. One of them
is ensuring that the package will install easily on many platforms, and
that the magic we described earlier (Note: Users) will work for
installers and end users.
Of course, there are many possible ways by which GNU `gettext' might
be integrated in a distribution, and this chapter does not cover them
in all generality. Instead, it details one possible approach which is
especially adequate for many free software distributions following GNU
standards, or even better, Gnits standards, because GNU `gettext' is
purposely for helping the internationalization of the whole GNU
project, and as many other good free packages as possible. So, the
maintainer's view presented here presumes that the package already has
a `configure.ac' file and uses GNU Autoconf.
Nevertheless, GNU `gettext' may surely be useful for free packages
not following GNU standards and conventions, but the maintainers of such
packages might have to show imagination and initiative in organizing
their distributions so `gettext' work for them in all situations.
There are surely many, out there.
Even if `gettext' methods are now stabilizing, slight adjustments
might be needed between successive `gettext' versions, so you should
ideally revise this chapter in subsequent releases, looking for changes.
- Flat and Non-Flat
- Flat or Non-Flat Directory Structures
- Prerequisite Works
- gettextize Invocation
- Invoking the `gettextize' Program
- Adjusting Files
- Files You Must Create or Alter
- autoconf macros
- Autoconf macros for use in `configure.ac'
- CVS Issues
- Integrating with CVS
- Release Management
- Creating a Distribution Tarball
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