[wp-hackers] Will automatic translation files updates overwrite user's modifications

Justas Butkus jbutkus at time.ly
Tue Dec 3 22:21:52 UTC 2013

You would have to manually create merge product. You may use msgmerge[1] 
or similar command to accomplish this. I am not sure if there is some 
PHP implementation of this.

Translation files themselves are not meant to be extended, unlike 
classes in object oriented programming.


Justas Butkus

2013.12.03 21:39, Nikola Nikolov rašė:
> Okay, so do you know if it's possible to have "overriding" of translations
> that would work like extending a class in PHP. So - you would have your
> custom translation file that will only overwrite a couple of the
> translation strings. Everything else would come from the original
> translation file.
> Also are you aware of any plugins that can do that at the moment? Or is
> that even possible filter-wise.
> On Tue, Dec 3, 2013 at 9:25 PM, Otto <otto at ottodestruct.com> wrote:
>> If the files are being stored in a place that WordPress is expecting to be
>> able to update them, then yes. It's no different than changing core code or
>> changing code in a plugin or theme directly.
>> If you use customized files, then you should put them in custom locations
>> with some form of custom code to cause the system to use them. Modifying
>> files that can be updated by an auto-update process directly means your
>> changes are not safe.
>> -Otto
>> On Tue, Dec 3, 2013 at 1:03 PM, Nikola Nikolov <nikolov.tmw at gmail.com
>>> wrote:
>>> It just occurred to me - the new feature(automatic download/update of
>>> translation files) that is planned for WordPress is awesome, but would it
>>> overwrite any changes the user might have done to the local translation
>>> file?
>>> For instance, the user has installed the Codestyling Localization plugin,
>>> or has a different way of overwriting translation files and has modified
>>> one or more translation files.
>>> Why would they do that? Well they just don't like the wording for
>> instance
>>> - translation files are a great way to tweak texts(even when the original
>>> text is in the same language), without having to modify the code.
>>> So what I'm wondering is - are those edits going to be lost upon update
>> or
>>> are they going to be preserved? It's true that if it's the translation
>> file
>>> of a theme or a plugin that they changed, upon updating those the edits
>>> would be lost, but does the same apply for WordPress translation
>>> files(stored in /wp-content/languages/)?

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