How to change UI language for a specific application?

Asked by Mohammad Alhobayyeb on 2009-02-01

Hi Guys,

First, I want to change the UI language for some of my installed applicationsm how to do that??

Second, I am a translator into lanuchpad and want to see my translation results, I mean I after translating for example 'Deluge' I want to download the po or mo file and install it or uses it to see how my translation is accurate??

Third, I have translated many po files (downloaded from rosetta) but I couldn't upload them, how to upload them?
I remember in the previous version of launchpad that there is ability to upload the po or mo files but now I couldn't find how to do that.

Thanks in advanced

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Sam_ (and-sam) said : #1
Mohammad Alhobayyeb (mih1406) said : #2

It is not helpful

Is it possible to upload po files or not??

Is it possible to change a specific application's language??

I do not what to translate through Rosetta (Launchpad) I want to use poEdit, because I do not have an Internet connection 24 hours, I am using poEdit to translate po edit because I thought that I can upload them again, and Rosetta will automatically uses these files.

Tom (tom6) said : #3

Ahhh, then you are better placed to do translations upstream of Ubuntu and so benefit all the Linux's that use the package.

Upstream translation services are built around the system you are talking about. Doing work upstream is of greater benefit to Ubuntu too in the longer term. The translation teams keep asking people to take their translations upstream too so that the stuff that comes downstream from there is better :)

Good luck finding out how tho because all this po stuff baffles me. I'm going to try hunting out how to join in with that but Sam's link might help you get there faster than me because it sounds like you'd understand them better.

Regards from
Tom :)

Mohammad Alhobayyeb (mih1406) said : #4

what is upstream means I couldnot understood it from the help pages

Tom (tom6) said : #5

Sorry i couldn't find links to upstream! Normally it seems difficult to avoid them ;)

In the meantime here's how to upload into launchpad (hopefully)

Good luck and regards from
Tom :)

Tom (tom6) said : #6

Upstream is a metaphor used frequently in linux.

All the major linux distro's such as Ubuntu, Mandriva, OpenSource, Slax and so on all tend to use the same packages (or at least have them available). When you translate a package in Ubuntu your translation eventually gets sent upstream, processed and then sent down to all the major distributions (and then on again to all the other branches) including Ubuntu (again).

So if you can find the centralised point for upstream translations you save Ubuntu a little time and your translations get used more widely more quickly. The bug-squad have "BugZilla" as their upstream centralising website but i'm not sure where translation go.

Hopefully my last post helped at least upload stuff for Ubuntu - good luck with moving upstream :)

Regards from
Tom :)

Mohammad Alhobayyeb (mih1406) said : #7

If I am going to translate 'Transmission' into Arabic, which is the best place to submit my translations, and why?:

1- Here:
2- Here:

Does upstream mean that it is not a package into Ubuntu, but it is a stand alone project into Launchpad??

Tom (tom6) said : #8

Don't worry. Just use Launchpad and then it'll go straight into Ubuntu.

Later on Ubuntu will sort out sending your translations upstream and you don't have to worry about doing that. It's all good whichever way you start, nothing gets wasted - it's all useful ;)

Regards from
Tom :)

Tom (tom6) said : #9

Both those links looked the same to me and both looked like online translations rather than the download-upload system you were looking for. I suspect that filling in one and then clicking refresh on the other page will show you've updated both but if not then it's probably combined later. Don't worry. Either way is good.

Mohammad Alhobayyeb (mih1406) said : #10

Thanks but what about the other part of the question:

'First, I want to change the UI language for some of my installed applicationsm how to do that??'

I am using Ubuntu with English language but I want 'Transmsiion' to be in the Arabic Language.

Mohammad Alhobayyeb (mih1406) said : #11

LANGUAGE="ar" application


Tom (tom6) said : #12

brilliant, nicely done - thanks :)

Sam_ (and-sam) said : #13