[Inx] Thread three: Ideas

Karl Goetz karl at kgoetz.id.au
Mon Sep 15 21:21:50 PDT 2008

On Tue, 2008-09-16 at 09:52 +1000, Peter Garrett wrote:
> On Tue, 16 Sep 2008 06:50:17 +1000
> "David Symons" <david.symons at liberatedcomputing.net> wrote:
> > Hi Niels,
> > 
> > On Mon, Sep 15, 2008 at 5:18 PM, Niels Egberts <niels.egberts at gmail.com> wrote:
> > > * An easy way to upgrade INX. I think the nicest method would be to create a
> > > .deb file with all the inx-scripts and let it depend on anything that needs
> > > to be installed on top of ubuntu-minimal, like vim, aptitude, pine, etc.
> > > Then it should be fairly easy to set up an inx-repository so that anyone can
> > > just use "sudo apt-get upgrade". For now, a PPA (personal package archive)
> > > on launchpad can be used. Everyone can host up to 1GB in the repository. And
> > > with that repository maybe it would be handy to be able to install INX on a
> > > regular ubuntu installation. I've got a minimal knowledge of creating deb's
> > > (I've packaged a few) but I would like to help in this process.

> Quite a lot of INX relies on settings in $HOME, which originate
> in /etc/skel. There's a risk that some of this could clobber existing
> configs, but that is probably something that can be avoided by checking
> what already exists for the user. An alternative already suggested by
> David would perhaps be a "dedicated" $HOME/.inx/ directory that would
> contain inx-specific tweaks, but for example the mutt config might be
> an issue, without some kind of wrapper...

Perhaps thats a bug to be fixed ;) (excuse for 1.1 anyone? ;))

> > > * Adding support for gettext to the scripts. For the ones that don't know,
> > > with gettext you can easily make your program multi-lingual. When you print
> > > a string, gettext searches for that string in the various .mo-files (1 file
> > > for every language) and prints it in the language chosen by the user. Also
> > > it can be linked with https://translations.launchpad.net/inx so that
> > > everyone can easlily help with translations whithout knowing about the
> > > technical stuff. I think being able to learn to commandline in your own
> > > language can be a big help.
> > 
> > Great idea!  The challenge will be translation that preserves the
> > wonderful "Peter_Garrett-ness" of the introduction, tutorials etc.
> > :-)
> Not everyone would agree with your assessment of my intro and tuts, but
> thanks anyway ;) 
> Currently, INX installs "localepurge" and pretends that
> the world speaks English. This piece of blatant cultural imperialism
> has mostly to do with keeping the ISO size fairly small, and panic
> attacks when contemplating the difficulty of maintaining a
> multilingual distribution :)

Not at all - its encouraging the uptake of an inferior badly thought out
language (English i mean, not Bash :P)

> Peter
Karl Goetz <karl at kgoetz.id.au>
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