msgmerge



MSGMERGE(1)                           GNU                          MSGMERGE(1)




NAME

       msgmerge - merge message catalog and template


SYNOPSIS

       msgmerge [OPTION] def.po ref.pot


DESCRIPTION

       Merges  two  Uniforum  style .po files together.  The def.po file is an
       existing PO file with translations which will  be  taken  over  to  the
       newly  created  file as long as they still match; comments will be pre-
       served, but extracted comments and file positions  will  be  discarded.
       The  ref.pot  file  is  the last created PO file with up-to-date source
       references but old translations, or a PO Template file (generally  cre-
       ated  by  xgettext);  any  translations or comments in the file will be
       discarded, however dot comments and file positions will  be  preserved.
       Where an exact match cannot be found, fuzzy matching is used to produce
       better results.

       Mandatory arguments to long options are  mandatory  for  short  options
       too.

   Input file location:
       def.po translations referring to old sources

       ref.pot
              references to new sources

       -D, --directory=DIRECTORY
              add DIRECTORY to list for input files search

       -C, --compendium=FILE
              additional  library  of  message  translations, may be specified
              more than once

   Operation mode:
       -U, --update
              update def.po, do nothing if def.po already up to date

   Output file location:
       -o, --output-file=FILE
              write output to specified file

       The results are written to standard output if no output file is  speci-
       fied or if it is -.

       Output  file  location  in  update  mode: The result is written back to
       def.po.

       --backup=CONTROL
              make a backup of def.po

       --suffix=SUFFIX
              override the usual backup suffix

       The version control method may be selected via the --backup  option  or
       through the VERSION_CONTROL environment variable.  Here are the values:

       none, off
              never make backups (even if --backup is given)

       numbered, t
              make numbered backups

       existing, nil
              numbered if numbered backups exist, simple otherwise

       simple, never
              always make simple backups

       The backup suffix  is  ‘~’,  unless  set  with  --suffix  or  the  SIM-
       PLE_BACKUP_SUFFIX environment variable.

   Operation modifiers:
       -m, --multi-domain
              apply ref.pot to each of the domains in def.po

       -N, --no-fuzzy-matching
              do not use fuzzy matching

   Input file syntax:
       -P, --properties-input
              input files are in Java .properties syntax

       --stringtable-input
              input files are in NeXTstep/GNUstep .strings syntax

   Output details:
       -e, --no-escape
              do not use C escapes in output (default)

       -E, --escape
              use C escapes in output, no extended chars

       --force-po
              write PO file even if empty

       -i, --indent
              indented output style

       --no-location
              suppress ’#: filename:line’ lines

       --add-location
              preserve ’#: filename:line’ lines (default)

       --strict
              strict Uniforum output style

       -p, --properties-output
              write out a Java .properties file

       --stringtable-output
              write out a NeXTstep/GNUstep .strings file

       -w, --width=NUMBER
              set output page width

       --no-wrap
              do  not  break  long  message lines, longer than the output page
              width, into several lines

       -s, --sort-output
              generate sorted output

       -F, --sort-by-file
              sort output by file location

   Informative output:
       -h, --help
              display this help and exit

       -V, --version
              output version information and exit

       -v, --verbose
              increase verbosity level

       -q, --quiet, --silent
              suppress progress indicators


AUTHOR

       Written by Peter Miller.


REPORTING BUGS

       Report bugs to <bug-gnu-gettext@gnu.org>.


COPYRIGHT

       Copyright © 1995-1998, 2000-2005 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
       This is free software; see the source for copying conditions.  There is
       NO  warranty;  not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR
       PURPOSE.


SEE ALSO

       The full documentation for msgmerge is maintained as a Texinfo  manual.
       If  the info and msgmerge programs are properly installed at your site,
       the command

              info msgmerge

       should give you access to the complete manual.



GNU gettext-tools 0.14.3          March 2005                       MSGMERGE(1)

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