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Prohibit Git from merging .po-files

Merging .po-files with Git is painful.

There have been attempts of making Git more clever when trying to merge .po-files. I believe however that this is not enough as it can still produce invalid .pos (usually due to double definitions), which can seriously confuse gettext afterwards.

Lacking any more secure solution, I think you should avoid editing po files in different branches at the same time. In order to not accidentally produce invalid merges I additionally disable merging for po files altogether, by adding the following .gitattributes file to the root of the repository:

*.po merge=binary *.pot merge=binary
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