gettextsetup warnings

Romain Tartière romain at
Thu Sep 21 06:22:28 UTC 2017

On Wed, Sep 20, 2017 at 03:06:52PM +0200, Romain Tartière wrote:
> Unfortunately, changing locales works on my computer …
> [...]
> … but not on the other nodes I manage :-/
> [...]
> I currently fail at locating what is different between these nodes.

Found the culprit yesterday in the train! But Internet access is flaky
here :-/

The problems is in the gettext-setup gem, which detects the available
locales in a wrong way (it search for .po files, and when found, add the
directory name to the valid locales available):

Since we only have .mo files in the searched directory, you guess why
the 'ja' locale was not considered available.

But in fact the problem is deeper: the hunt for .po files happens in
multiple directories, and if such a file is available in any of these
directories, the locale is enabled…  So on my system, it looks like the
file /usr/local/share/locale/ja/gutenprint_ja.po installed by
print/gutenprint white-listed the 'ja' locale, and then
/var/puppet/share/locale/ja/LC_MESSAGES/ could be used.

The patched gettext-setup gem is available here:

I am currently deploying this on my nodes in case this changes has other
unexpected consequences.


Romain Tartière <romain at>
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