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       pdpo-tool - set of shell scripts that can aid in the translation of podebconf files


       dpo-tools  is a set of shell scripts that can aid in the translation of Debian's podebconf

       dpo-tools does not dictate any rule of how translations should be done, it just  tries  to
       reflect  the  conventions used in the mailing list


       The scripts are as follows:

       dpo-get-templates: downloads a templates.pot file from the podebconf templates repository.

       dpo-init-po: creates and initializes a podebconf file from a file templates.

       dpo-apply-templates: updates a podebconf file with a new version of your templates file.

       dpo-apply-compendium: updates a odebconf file with  strings  already  translated,  from  a
       compendium file.

       dpo-check: verifies if the podebconf file is well formed.

       dpo-diff: shows information in a diff format colorful and paged.

       dpo-make-patch: creates a patch file based on two versions of a podebconf file.

       dpo-wrap: breaks the rows of a podebconf file in column 80.


       dpo-tools  depends  on other programs to work correctly. You must have the following major
       programs installed on your computer:

               gettext utilities: msgfmt, msgcat, msgmerge

       To install them on a Debian system or derivative:

               $ sudo apt install gettext gawk colordiff

       You will also want to use the podebconf-display-po program. To  install  it  on  a  Debian
       system or derivative:

               $ sudo apt install po-debconf


       dpo-init-po.awk:  adjust  the  NOME and EMAIL variables. If you use gawk, the variable ANO
       must be adjusted at  the  beginning  of  each  year.  You  can  uncomment  the  line  that
       automatically  detects  the  year,  if your awk interpreter has support for the strftime()

       dpo-init.po: edit the last line of  the  file  to  reflect  the  full  path  of  the  dpo-
       init.po.awk file, for instance: ~/bin/dpo-init-po.awk

       dpo-make-patch: set the variable ID with the initials of your name.

       dpo-apply-compendium:  adjust  the  COMPENDIUM  variable  to  reflect the full path of the
       compendium file, downloaded from


       To initiate a new translation: the  following  commands  sequence  downloads  a  podebconf
       templates  file,  creates  a  podebconf  file  based  on  the  downloaded  templates file,
       initializes the podebconf file with frequently used  information,  updates  the  podebconf
       file  with  compendium  strings,  edits  the  podebconf  file,  breaks  the  lines  of the
       podebconffile in column 80, checks if the podebconf file is well  formed  ands  tests  the
       display of the podebconf file:

               $ dpo-get-templates package
               $ dpo-init-po package_version_templates.pot
               $ dpo-apply-compendium package_pt_BR.po
               $ vi package_pt_BR.po
               $ dpo-wrap package_pt_BR.po
               $ dpo-check package_pt_BR.po
               $ podebconf-display-po package_pt_BR.po
               send the package_pt_BR.po file to RFR

       To  review  a  translation  made  by  another  translator and generate a patch with change

               replace "me" with your initials in the following commands
               $ cp package_pt_BR.po
               $ vi
               $ dpo-wrap
               $ dpo-check
               $ podebconf-display-po
               $ dpo-make-patch package_pt_BR.po
               send the generated patch file, responding the RFR

       To apply a new version of the templates file to a podebconf file previously translated:

               $ dpo-get-templates package_pt_BR.po
               $ dpo-apply-templates package_pt_BR.po


       Contributions are welcome either by creating issues in git repository or in  the  form  of
       merge requests. Please access:


       A LEIAME file is available in:



       dpo-tools was written by Adriano Rafael Gomes <>.

       This    manual    page    was    written    by    Debian   Brazilian   Localization   Team
       <> for the Debian project (but may be used by others).