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We've edited django.po files but translations do not work. Why?

I'm using the ru locale and it is translated in to Russian but on my site it still appears in English.

Translation :

#: utils/
msgid "2 days ago"
msgstr "2 дня назад"

#: utils/
msgid "yesterday"
msgstr "вчера"

#: utils/
#, python-format
msgid "%(hr)d hour ago"
msgid_plural "%(hr)d hours ago"
msgstr[0] "%(hr)d час назад"
msgstr[1] "%(hr)d часов назад"
msgstr[2] "%(hr)d часа назад"

#: utils/
#, python-format
msgid "%(min)d min ago"
msgid_plural "%(min)d mins ago"
msgstr[0] "%(min)d минуту назад"
msgstr[1] "%(min)d минут назад"
msgstr[2] "%(min)d минуты назад"

I've tried

python compilemessages

then server restart.

80% of the messeges were translated, but not the time/date messages.

I've tried to manipulate (there are the original time messages), but I then the whole site does not work


Does it work with time translation now ?

Toms's avatar
asked 2012-09-16 16:47:46 -0500, updated 2012-10-20 06:56:54 -0500
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I did those steps, but the time/date is still in English

Toms's avatar Toms (2012-09-16 17:30:35 -0500) edit

Ok, I see. Those messages are actually in javascript. As strange as it sounds, but the best way to fix this is to migrate askbot to django 1.4. It cannot be done very quickly though. I will try to address this issue early next week, if not migrate to 1.4, but at least extract the strings for the translation correctly.

Evgeny's avatar Evgeny (2012-09-16 17:41:11 -0500) edit

@Evgeny I translate atm the German language files. I downloaded from Transiflex the *.po Mainfile moved it to /usr/local/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/askbot/locale/de/LC_MESSAGES (renamed it to django.po). Then I run "python setup_templates/ compilemessages" in "/usr/local/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/askbot", all *.po files are processing ... restart the webserver (apache with mod_wsgi) ... akbot is fully broken (500er http errors, all sites). I move my backup files back, recompile, restart webserver, still broken. Any Ideas? (Is the dev-version OK for a production usage?)

Edur's avatar Edur (2012-09-17 10:52:37 -0500) edit

OK, after some trys with " collectstatic" " compilemessages" and " migrate" it works again. :)

Edur's avatar Edur (2012-09-17 11:34:40 -0500) edit

To avoid other similar problems you should try choosing another localization tool. I am using [poeditor]( and I recommend it. It works very well with po files, it has a simple interface and no tangling bugs.

Baxin's avatar Baxin (2013-12-17 09:53:21 -0500) edit
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You might have forgotten to compile the messages: cd askbot #or wherever askbot code is actually installed python compilemessages Note that - this works best if you have installed Askbot in the development mode (with `python develop`) Secondly - translations need to be loaded by the application in order to work. You might need to restart the server's python process or the webserver.

Evgeny's avatar
answered 2012-09-16 17:11:08 -0500, updated 2012-09-16 17:13:33 -0500
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