Am 15.09.2016 um 21:38 schrieb Jeff King:
On Thu, Sep 15, 2016 at 12:25:43PM -0700, Junio C Hamano wrote:

Silly question: Is there a natural language that uses percent signs
as letters or e.g. instead of commas? :)

I don't know, but if they do, they'd better get used to escaping them.

I do not know either, but I am curious where that question comes
from.  I stared at this patch for a few minutes but couldn't guess.

My initial thought is that the next step after picking this low-hanging
fruit would be to find cases where the strings do not contain "%", and
thus we do not have to care about formatting. But a case like:

  strbuf_addf(&buf, "this does not have any percents!", foo);

is simply broken (albeit in a way that we ignore foo, so it's just ugly
code, not a real bug).

So I dunno. I too am curious.

Take this for example:

-                       strbuf_addf(&o->obuf, _("(bad commit)\n"));
+                       strbuf_addstr(&o->obuf, _("(bad commit)\n"));

If there's a language that uses percent signs instead of parens or as regular letters, then they need to be escaped in the translated string before, but not after the patch. As I wrote: silly.


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