Thursday, July 2, 2009
If you have downloaded PostgreSQL 8.4.0 and are wondering where so many of the translations have gone: The translation team has decided not to ship translations anymore that are not translated at least about 80%. (See the commit message for the list of victims.) This is so that incidental users of stale translations are not presented with a confusing and distracting mix of translated and untranslated messages all the time. So right now we are only shipping a full or almost full set of translations into German, Spanish, French, Japanese, Portuguese, and Turkish.
To get the translations into other languages back into the release, go to http://babel.postgresql.org/ and start submitting updates. Updates may be included as early as release 8.4.1 in a few months.
I hope in particular that we might get the Chinese, Italian, and Russian translations back into shape.
By the way, if you want to start (or continue) translating, I suggest that you approximately follow this priority order: libpq, psql, pgscripts, pg_dump, initdb, postgres. This or a similar order will make the translations useful to the most users with the least amount of work.