debconf-updatepo(1) update PO files about debconf templates


debconf-updatepo [-v] [-h] [--podir=DIR] [--skip-pot] [--skip-merge] [--msgid-bugs-address=EMAIL]


This program reads po/ to determine which master files need to be processed, then extracts new gettext strings into po/templates.pot and updates all po/*.po files. This script can be called either in the top-level directory, or in the debian or debian/po subdirectories. It is run by developer and/or translator to update PO files when the English text is modified in templates files.


-h, --help
Display a usage summary and exit.
-v, --verbose
Process in verbose mode.
Set directory for PO files. By default PO files are searched in debian/po, po and ../po directories in that order.
Do not generate a new po/templates.pot file.
Do not merge existing PO files with po/templates.pot.
Set the email address that will be specified in the POT's Report-Msgid-Bugs-To field.

By default, this field is set to <package>

It is intended for the maintainers of Debian based distributions, and should be used in the following cases:

  • The package is not present in Debian (and thus the <package> address does not exist).
  • The maintainer made significant changes in the debconf templates (or added templates to a Debian package without templates), and does not want to bother the Debian maintainer with bug reports that won't be relevant for the Debian maintainer.

The default address is preferred to avoid corrections in the Debian based distribution without a notification to the Debian maintainer.


  Denis Barbier <[email protected]>