Date: Thu, 1 Dec 2022 23:31:32 -0600 From: "A. Wilcox" <AWilcox@...cox-Tech.com> To: musl@...ts.openwall.com Subject: Default binding directory for gettext Hi, While updating the package ‘cracklib’ for Adélie Linux, I found it does not give localised messages, because it does not call bindtextdomain(3), only textdomain(3). This does work on glibc and GNU gettext as a library, which use /usr/share/locale as a default binding. Is it intentional that there is no default binding for gettext? I believe the GNU implementation is meant to be canonical for behaviour of gettext, and this seems to not match. From https://www.gnu.org/software/gettext/manual/html_node/Locating-Catalogs.html, emphasis mine: > The directory name given in bindtextdomains second argument **(or the default directory)**, followed by the name of the locale, the locale category, and the domain name are concatenated Since this technically isn’t portable when the software is installed in a different $PREFIX, I did open https://github.com/cracklib/cracklib/pull/50, so this should be fixed in a future release of the package. Still, I wasn’t sure if this musl behaviour was desired or not. My personal feeling is that both are wrong; bindtextdomain is needed in the case of non-standard PREFIX, but musl should have a default fallback path for packages that elide the call. Best, -A. -- A. Wilcox (they/them) SW Engineering: C/C++, DevOps, POSIX Wilcox Technologies Inc.
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