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

> Junio C Hamano wrote:
>> 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.
> Ah.  I was scratching my head wondering why $dotest needed to be
> translated (it's just a path).

"Stray" and "directory found" are to be translated.  You can have
infinite possibilities to $dotest that is computed at runtime, so
that should be kept as a variable, untranslated in the message

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