Ramkumar Ramachandra <artag...@gmail.com> writes:

> Junio C Hamano wrote:
>> $dotest, or \$dotest?
> Works fine for me like this.  Why do we escape the dollar in the other 
> strings?

The reason would become clear once you think what string you are
feeding eval_gettext with if you do not escape.  The translators
translate a fixed string (possibly with placeholders) to a fixed
translated string (possibly with placeholders).

        eval_gettext "Stray $dotest directory found. ..."

would allow the shell to expand $dotest before eval_gettext sees it,
which would mean the string is no longer a constant.

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