Hello, I want to translate lfs 6.0 to chinese, can I?

Alexander E. Patrakov patrakov at ums.usu.ru
Thu Oct 6 21:05:39 PDT 2005

Zhi Wang wrote:
> Hello
> I want to translate lfs 6.0 to chinese

Of course you can, but I would not welcome that. The reason is that 
LFS-6.0 (and even 6.1) have a warning that they don't work as expected 
in multibyte locales (and zh_CN.GB2312 is a multibyte locale). Also, LFS 
doesn't include any tools that allow writing Chinese. So your 
translation will be in fact a book written in Chinese, but producing an 
English-only system. I do not want such cross-language books.

I will remove this objection if you either

1) Clearly state in your translation that it produces an English-only 
system, and the website team adds this warning near the link to your 


2) Fix all the relevant issues, add zhcon and whatever else is needed 
for a Chinese system, add instructions how to configure that, and call 
your work a localization, not a translation. For fixing multibyte 
issues, the following fork of the current development book may be useful:


The docbook source for that is the r6890 revision of LFS SVN repository 
plus the following patch:


It would be great if you also translate your changes back into English 
and let us know.

Alexander E. Patrakov

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