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Hello I would like to know which of the following ways (or some other) of logging messages is better and why. I am writing lots of .install files since I create content types and fields programmatically and I often write statements as following:

$t = get_t();
watchdog('mymodule',$t('Field !field_name created.', array('!field_name' => $file_field_name)));

OR

$t = get_t();
watchdog('mymodule',$t('Field !field_name created.'), array('!field_name' => $file_field_name));

Note: in the first example I am doing string replacement in the $t function in the second in the watchdog() function.

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Just use this:

watchdog('mymodule', 'Field !field_name created.', array('!field_name' => $file_field_name));

watchdog() function will translate the string you pass as the second parameter. You shouldn't translate the message before passing it to the watchdog().

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