[development] Locale module and gettext

Gerhard Killesreiter gerhard at killesreiter.de
Sun Jun 11 07:54:21 UTC 2006

Stefan Nagtegaal wrote:
> Op 10-jun-2006, om 22:24 heeft Gerhard Killesreiter het volgende 
> geschreven:
>> Hi there,
>> IIRC there has been speculation that using the gettext object files 
>> (.mo files) for storing translations instead of the database would be 
>> a lot faster. Unfortunately, I can not confirm this. It seems to be 
>> somewhat faster but not that much that I'd consider the inclusion of 
>> such a feature worthwhile. The configuration is rather awkward and 
>> error prone.
>> Cheers,
>>    Gerhard
> Gerhard,
> I had such a discussion some time ago with "Axel". You can see some of 
> his work with using Gettext with Drupal in his sandbox 
> (http://cvs.drupal.org/viewcvs/drupal/contributions/sandbox/axel/gettext/). 

Yes, I know this work.

> He told me it would tremendously speed up things, 

That is what I was trying to verify, but without luck.

> and would made module-specific translations possible.

That's true, but the module would need to specifically set the domain of 
the translation. This would be incompatible with our current locale module.

> i hope you could re-(over)think this once again. You were probably 
> already aware of the code inside Axels sandbox, but I hope you'll make 
> some progress on this feature which is really in my kind of interest 
> (as you also know ;-)).
> Hope to hear more about this soon!

If somebody has numbers that show that the speed increase is higher than 
the maybe-5% that I observed then I am happy to look at it again.


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