[haiku-bugs] [Haiku] #6808: Drop the checksum field from catkeys file header

#6808: Drop the checksum field from catkeys file header
   Reporter:  rq               |       Owner:  pulkomandy
       Type:  bug              |      Status:  new
   Priority:  normal           |   Milestone:  R1
  Component:  Kits/Locale Kit  |     Version:  R1/alpha2
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Has a Patch:  0                |    Platform:  All
   Blocking:                   |
 From discussions with PulkoMandy, it seems to me that the checksum field
 in the catkeys header is superflous and could be dropped (PulkoMandy
 doesn't think that way though). My reasons for dropping it are:

 1) it's being used at compile time to ensure that the source strings have
 not been altered, which is IMO not the best way to ensure integrity.
 Instead, checks could be done at compile time, or a special script could
 be developed to make checks for missing/obsolete strings easier. Here's an
 example output of such app, used for Mozilla:
 rq@sugar:~/src/mozilla/mercurial$ compare-locales mozilla-
 central/browser/locales/l10n.ini . lt
 keys: 984
 unchanged: 257
 changed: 5257
 missing: 3
 95% of entries changed

 2) the checksum is also used at runtime for the same purpose. Again, I
 think it's even less useful in this case. At runtime, the application may
 have five of fifty new strings that don't exist in my file anyway, and my
 invalid string may have already been dropped. What's the point on
 invalidating whole translation just based on that? I see none. Also,
 PulkoMandy said that the checksum may at some point used to block outdated
 translations from being used. If that were ever to happen, I suggest to
 compute the effective checksum of a localization at runtime instead (which
 has to be done anyway, at least for languages with fallbacks, like pt_BR).

 3) if someone were to ever edit the catkeys files manually, the checksum
 isn't easy to calculate.

 4) the checksum doesn't say anything about the target language strings,
 which means these can have any amount of errors, bad encoding and anything
 else. This again mandates a compile-time check, which, once existing,
 could be expanded to take over the checksums job anyway.

Ticket URL: <http://dev.haiku-os.org/ticket/6808>
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