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Compile po files when releasing a package

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This package compiles po files. It contains a zest.releaser entry point and a stand-alone command line tool.


You want to release a package that has a locales dir (or locale) with translations in .po files. You want to include the compiled .mo files in your release as well, but you do not want to keep those in a revision control system (like subversion) as they are binary and can be easily recreated. This package helps with that.

Want .mo files? Add a file.

When you use python sdist to create a source distribution, distutils (or setuptools or distribute or distutils2) knows which files it should include by looking at the information of the revision control system (RCS). This is why in the case of subversion you should use a checkout and not an export: you need the versioning information.

Since the compiled .mo files are not stored in subversion (or another RCS), you need to give a hint on which files to include. You do this by adding a file. Let’s say your package has roughly these contents (not all files are shown):


Then you need a with this line:

recursive-include your *

This tells distutils to recursively include all (*) files and directories within the your directory. Try it: copy the domain.po file to as a silly test, run python sdist and check that the .mo file ends up in the created distribution.

With that part working, the only thing this zest.pocompile package needs to do, is to actually find all .po files and compile them to .mo files.

Command line tool

When you easy_install zest.pocompile you get a command line tool pocompile. When you run it, this walks the current directory, finds all po translation files in a properly formed locales directory and compiles them info mo files. You can also give it a list of directories as arguments instead. Run it with the --help option to get some help.

In the above example, if you are in the your.package directory and run pocompile it will create this file:


zest.releaser entry point

You do not need zest.releaser for proper functioning of zest.pocompile. But if you use the two together, in combination with a proper file, releasing a source distribution with compiled .mo files is made easy.

The release (or fullrelease) command of zest.releaser creates a (subversion or other) tag, checks out this tag, creates a source distribution (sdist) and uploads it to PyPI. When zest.pocompile is added to the mix, it compiles the .po files immediately after checking out the tag, right in time for creating the sdist, which should now contain the .mo files.


This package has been cobbled together by Maurits van Rees.

It depends on the python-gettext package, which itself suggests using the Babel package, but it does exactly what we need and its releases are stored on PyPI, so we ignore that suggestion.

The main functions are taken from the build_mo command of collective.releaser.


To Do

  • Add tests.


1.0 (2010-10-19)

  • Initial release

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