написане Thu, 26 May 2016 16:51:47 +0300, Martin Basti <mba...@redhat.com>:

On 16.05.2016 08:37, Martin Kosek wrote:
On 05/15/2016 09:34 PM, Yuri Chornoivan wrote:
написане Sun, 15 May 2016 21:51:45 +0300, Martin Kosek <mko...@redhat.com>:

On 05/14/2016 01:29 PM, Yuri Chornoivan wrote:
написане Sat, 14 May 2016 12:57:13 +0300, Jérôme Fenal <jfe...@gmail.com>:

2016-05-13 13:32 GMT+02:00 Martin Kosek <mko...@redhat.com>:


As you may or may not know, Tomas Babej left the FreeIPA team as a Red Hat employee, which of course does not mean he cannot contribute to the FreeIPA
project, but that he won't have as much time for contributions as

One of Tomas' responsibilities was taking care of FreeIPA translations
(Translation Maintainer role). As far as I know, there 2 main tasks
with the Translation Maintainer role:

1) Periodically uploading new upstream strings to the FreeIPA translation
platform of choice, which is the Fedora Zanata instance:
The upload should happen periodically, on the right occasions, so that the translators (especially the French and Ukrainian translations which have
translated) have sufficient time to translate strings for the next version
do not have to translate it all in couple days before release. (This was
one of
the feedback I heard recently).

2) Downloading translated strings, Tomas added a short HowTo to our
Release page:

We will need a new volunteer who would help doing 1) and 2) for the planned
releases and making sure this process runs. The first task would be
current strings in master as the next release is FreeIPA 4.4 planned for
so it may be nice to already upload new strings we have in FreeIPA already
Zanata, so that they can be translated in sufficient time.


As part of the learning process, I think it would be useful to do more documentation of the steps taken in every translation life-cycle, current
in Release page is rather vague. I for example did not find information
how to
work with translation versions that I saw defined in Zanata (branching may
similarly as in current FreeIPA git).

​Thanks to the two volunteers​!

Looking forward to see this happen!

To reiterate on Martin K. message on uploads, I'd really like to see
regular strings uploads to the master branch in Zanata, say once a week or every two weeks, so that translators can work on smaller strings batches.
"Release early, release oftem" :)

And strings that would be translated twice in a short time span wouldn't be entirely lost because they may stay in the Zanata translation memory and could help translators finalizing dot releases if the specific branches in

​And if ​we can see the upload to master soon, translators can start
working now before the branch for the 4.4 June release.



Similar thoughts here.
Thanks for feedback!

Just a note on branches, I think that it is worth to keep the translation just for the current release because keeping several branches on Zanata (or any other translation platform) is proved to be not effective from both sides,
developers and translators.
I see. My expectation would be that these branches would be only used if there is a bug in the translation, not for active translation. The thing is, strings in master may change or may be deleted, so they may no longer be applied to the branched FreeIPA x.y.z releases. So practically, we would not be able to update
the translations for branched release once we branch.

Do you see that expected and acceptable?
Just two examples from the projects that I am involved (three polar examples).

KDE (Desktop environment):
1. Developed translation infrastructure (dedicated server,
specifically-tailored software (Lokalize)).

2. Four translation branches (stable and trunk for Qt4 and Qt5-based

3. Automatic message extraction every 24 hours.

4. Inbuild translation integration for releases.

All this needs attention and strict release rules to keep everything in sync.

Inkscape (SVG editor):
1. No specific infrastructure.

2. Translation branches are not strict (translators should guess what and where
they are translating).

3. Manual extraction from time to time.

4. No specific integration or QA.

Medium attention paid from the Inkscape developers.

GnuPG (encryption framework):
1. No specific infrastructure.

2. Strict branches (1.4, 2.0 and 2.1) but no syncing (should be performed by
translators manually).

3. Manual extraction. No strict release schedule. You are lucky if you send
your translation in time.

4. Manual integration by Werner when he finds it necessary. ;)

Minimum attention paid from the developer.

I think that FreeIPA in the sense of translation handling should be something in between. For not wasting efforts of the developers (it is sensible, because of too few more or less complete translations), I propose to have just one branch (no switching, no problem of choice), but use it strictly when releasing.
Thanks for the overview! Based on what I see so far, it looks like there is not an interest for the branched translations. So I am fine with not doing the
versions if we do not see a need for it.

As for automated message upload, I guess it could be done, we would just need to think if it fits in current Jenkins infrastructure. But I suspect it could
also be on any cron-powered PaaS, like OpenShift.

It is better to have a translation with several untranslated new messages in a branch, than have no update at all because of the release flaws (like it is in libvirt now). So it would be a good trade off for me if FreeIPA developers promise to integrate translations into each release, but do not promise to
waste their time for having translation branches. ;)
Translations should indeed be integrated in the release process. I would let
the 2 volunteers to update the Release page with the proper process and
instructions :-)

It is a matter of just two commands (one for extraction and "zanata
push" for
pushing the catalog to Zanata). So, personally, I'd like to see the updates as soon as possible (something close to continuous integration). This allows us, translators, to react on any glitches in the initial strings and make the
releases perfect.
I think this can be done, there is just the risk that some strings would be added during master development and changed later when the code is revisited,
but I assume this is expected by you - correct?
Yes, that's the common translators risk. But we have an automated translation
memory for this. ;)

It would be good if each release preparation process is close to the
libguestfs's one:


Just my 2 cents.
Thanks for the tip!

Best regards,

Hello all,

I pushed sources to zanata (it seems that nothing changed, because we didn't touch user side of freeIPA too much yet)

Many thanks for your work.

I pushed sources to all branches but as we agreed, only master should be activelly translated, should I lock translations for IPA 4.2 and possibly for 4.3?

Could it work if we push sources to zanata:
* monthly for everything

My vote is for this case.

* weekly, month before major release
* daily, week before major release


Best regards,

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