Packaging of gettext message catalogs (.mo files)

Max Bowsher
Tue Sep 13 23:20:00 GMT 2005

Christopher Faylor wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 13, 2005 at 11:30:04PM +0100, Max Bowsher wrote:
>> Taking a look at my main Subversion binary package, I've noticed that the
>> gettext message catalogs account for almost half the size of the 
>> tarball -
>> and over half of the unpacked size.
>> Approx sizes (.mo files/other files)
>> Compressed 458kB / 467kB
>> Unpacked 2.0MB / 1.5MB
>> I'm wondering whether it would be worthwhile splitting the .mo files off
>> into a seperate package. This would, of course, be setting something of a
>> precedent, though, so I'm asking for opinions.
> What's the point of doing this?  You need the catalog no matter what don't
> you?

Only if you actually want non-English messages.

I just thought to look at my /usr/share/locale - it is 26MB, making the the 
half-meg contribution to that from Subversion suddenly seem not so 
significant after all.
I guess I'm overreacting, since no one has questioned that size already.


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