[openstack-dev] [oslo] log message translations

Jay Pipes jaypipes at gmail.com
Mon Jan 27 19:21:33 UTC 2014

On Mon, 2014-01-27 at 19:06 +0000, CARVER, PAUL wrote:
> Joshua Harlow wrote:
> >From what I know most all (correct me if I am wrong) open source projects
> >don't translate log messages; so it seems odd to be the special snowflake
> >project/s.
> >Do people find this type of translation useful?
> >It'd be nice to know how many people really do so the benefit/drawbacks of
> >doing it can be evaluated by real usage data.
> This is just a wild idea off the top of my head, but what about creating a log
> translation service completely independent of running systems. Basically
> I'm thinking of a web based UI hosted on openstack.org where you can
> upload a logfile or copy/paste log lines and receive it back in the language
> of your choice.
> When googling for an error message it would definitely be better for
> everyone to be using the same language because otherwise you'll
> only find forum posts and so forth in your own language and probably
> miss a solution posted in another language.
> But I can certainly see that some people might actually be able to figure
> out problems for themselves if they could see the error in their native
> language.
> So my idea is to log messages in English but create a standard way to
> get a translated version.
> As a side effect, the usage of the web based translator server would
> give a way to answer your question about how many people use it.
> If it doesn't get any usage then people can stop investing the time in
> creating the translations.

Have you ever tried using Google Translate for anything more than very
simple phrases?

The results can be... well, interesting ;) And given the amount of
technical terms used in these messages, I doubt GT or any automated
translating service would provide a whole lot of value...


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