[pve-devel] [PATCH pve-docs] translation: combine old and current wikis

Dylan Whyte d.whyte at proxmox.com
Fri Aug 28 10:25:03 CEST 2020

This takes all of the relevant information from
an old wiki site (https://pve.proxmox.com/wiki/Translations)
and merges it into the document that is used in generating the
admin guide and current wiki
(https://pve.proxmox.com/wiki/Translating_Proxmox_VE) entry.

Also contains some rewording for better readability.

Signed-off-by: Dylan Whyte <d.whyte at proxmox.com>
 translation.adoc | 50 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++---------
 1 file changed, 41 insertions(+), 9 deletions(-)

diff --git a/translation.adoc b/translation.adoc
index 2dc156b..fcb0f99 100644
--- a/translation.adoc
+++ b/translation.adoc
@@ -6,10 +6,10 @@ ifdef::wiki[]
-The {pve} user interface is in English by default. Thanks to contributions by
-the community, translations to other languages are available. We welcome help to
-add new languages, translate the newest features, and improve incomplete or
-inconsistent translations.
+The {pve} user interface is in English by default. However, thanks to the
+contributions of the community, translations to other languages are also available.
+We welcome any support in adding new languages, translating the latest features, and
+improving incomplete or inconsistent translations.
 The language files are available as a
 https://git.proxmox.com/?p=proxmox-i18n.git[git repository]. If you are familiar
@@ -17,14 +17,46 @@ with git, please contribute according to our
 {webwiki-url}Developer_Documentation[Developer Documentation].
 Even if you are not familiar with git, you can help with translating {pve}.
-Download the language files
-https://git.proxmox.com/?p=proxmox-i18n.git;a=tree[here]. Then choose the
-language you want to improve. Right click on the "raw" link of this language
-file, and select 'Save Link As...'. Make your changes to the file, and then
+To start, you can download the language files
+https://git.proxmox.com/?p=proxmox-i18n.git;a=tree[here]. Find the
+language you want to improve, then right click on the "raw" link of this language
+file and select 'Save Link As...'. Make your changes to the file, and then
 send your final translation directly to office(at)proxmox.com together with a
 {webwiki-url}Developer_Documentation#Software_License_and_Copyright[contributor license agreement].
 We use https://www.gnu.org/software/gettext/[gettext] for the management of the
 translation files. Tools like https://poedit.net/[Poedit] offer a nice user
-interface to edit the translation files.
+interface to edit the translation files, but you can use whatever editor you're
+comfortable with. No programming knowledge is required for translating.
+How to Translate
+After cloning the git repository, you can create a new translation by doing the
+following (replace <LANG> with the language ID):
+ # cd proxmox-i18n
+ # make init-<LANG>.po
+Or you can edit an existing translation, using the editor of your choice:
+ # poedit <LANG>.po
+The po file must be translated to a .js file by invoking the script located in
+the same directory:
+ # ./po2js.pl -t pve xx.po >pve-lang-xx.js
+IMPORTANT: For this to work, you need to have the following perl packages installed
+on your system. For Debian/Ubuntu:
+ # apt-get install perl liblocale-po-perl libjson-perl
+The resulting file 'pve-lang-xx.js' can then be copied to the directory
+'/usr/share/pve-i18n', on your proxmox server, in order to test it out.
+You can send the finished translation to the proxmox team at the address
+office(at)proxmox.com, along with a signed contributor licence agreement.
+See [[Developer Documentation]]

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