Currently I am running a java project which is localized in five languages: spanish, english, portuguese, portuguese (brazilian version), turkish. The literals are kept in properties files, and it's a nightmare to mantain them. The problem is more or less this:
native2asciito an fro and things like that.
Well, if you have pass among this, or at least you have read the half of this list probably you had realize that technology should help in this process.
I've been looking for a solution for this mess for a long time. I've look for applications that can handle the differences between versions of properties files or at least ease the work of introducing the localized versions of the properties files and leverage the work of packing / unpacking the files into Word –for ease the work for the translators–. I've tried many tools, properties files editors, and the like, and I nearly came to the conclusion that there is no free solution available in the market, or at least at a cheap price.
I were nearly giving up when I bumped with Pootle. Pootle has everything I need to keep my translations under control:
In this project I will try to give specific instructions to install and run a project with pootle. And to handle with a translation of the properties files of a java project into various languages. Those who haven't to deal with a thing like that probably will think that there is no real need for an application for that. Hehe..
You have to have installed in your system:
Look into the installation manual the neccesary packages for install pootle:
It eases many tasks of installing. Probably you can delete it afterwards if you want to strenghth your security.
rluna@rluna-VirtualBox:~/Descargas$ sudo apt-get install python-setuptools
First install Django, because Pootle requires it. You can download it from the project website, https://www.djangoproject.com/
rluna@rluna-VirtualBox:~/Descargas$ tar -xzf Django-1.3.1.tar.gz rluna@rluna-VirtualBox:~/Descargas$ cd Django-1.3.1/ rluna@rluna-VirtualBox:~/Descargas/Django-1.3.1$ sudo python setup.py install
rluna@rluna-VirtualBox:~/Descargas$ tar -xjf translate-toolkit-1.9.0.tar.bz2 rluna@rluna-VirtualBox:~/Descargas$ cd translate-toolkit-1.9.0/ rluna@rluna-VirtualBox:~/Descargas/translate-toolkit-1.9.0$ sudo python setup.py install
After some seconds, you are ready to install the second package, lxml. This package is now(11/24/2012) available at http://pypi.python.org/pypi/lxml/
root@rluna-VirtualBox:~# tar -xzf lxml-3.0.1.tar.gz root@rluna-VirtualBox:~# sudo python setup.py install
rluna@rluna-VirtualBox:~/Descargas$ tar -xjf Pootle-2.1.6.tar.bz2 rluna@rluna-VirtualBox:~/Descargas$ cd Pootle-2.1.6/ rluna@rluna-VirtualBox:~/Descargas/Pootle-2.1.6$ sudo python setup.py install
You can easily install south by issuing the command:
apt-get install python-django-south
At least in Ubuntu it works!
It appears that when you are installing in Ubuntu, pootle doesn't follow the usual path for
installing itself; instead of using
/usr/share/pootle, it installs under
hence it fails when running issuing this error:
OSError: [Errno 2] No such file or directory: '/usr/share/pootle/mo'
The easiest way to fix this is to cheat Pootle, installing a symbolic link to the proper directory:
root@rluna-VirtualBox:/usr/local/share# ln -s /usr/local/share/pootle /usr/share/pootle
Ah!!! Thanks to http://serverfault.com/questions/247333/how-to-setup-pootle-tranlation-server-on-ubuntu who gave me the solution for this nasty error!!!!
And that's it: you only have to point to
http://localhost:8080 to reach your own
copy of pootle.