View Full Version : Could Monolingual save some space (unwanted language files)?

Sep 13, 2007, 07:14 PM
Much has been made of the international rollout of the Touch- Steve even had a slide saying as much at the keynote.

My question: Seeing as space is at such a premium, could the concept of the (excellent) program Monolingual (http://monolingual.sourceforge.net/) be valid for the Touch/iPhone as well?

Monolingual goes through your entire (Mac) system and pares away the extraneous language files (.lproj packages) for languages other than English. These files allow programs to display dialogs, menus, help files, splash screens etc in non-English languages.

Running monolingual on a stock Mac saves nearly 2Gb of wasted space, assuming you rarely want your programs to speak Japanese or Italian.

Just wondering if anyone has thought about the same thing for iPhone/Touch. Presumably the device would need to be suitably jailbroken first. Can anyone give us a heads up?


Sep 13, 2007, 07:16 PM
I don't think that you could, and it is not compiled for the iPhone processor.

Sep 13, 2007, 08:31 PM
I don't think that you could, and it is not compiled for the iPhone processor.

I read this as being more of a "would this IDEA apply to the Touch" not actually using THIS application on the touch.

To get to the original question, I'd say it just depends on if they have just a single version of Touch or if they have custom ones for different regions.

Sep 13, 2007, 11:41 PM
I doubt it'd make a huge difference. I imagine the language files on the iPod touch/iPhone version of OS X are much smaller than full-blown Mac OS X. I bet at most you'd save 50MB of space.