msgmerge(1)



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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

       --previous
              keep previous msgids of translated messages

   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:
       --lang=CATALOGNAME
              set 'Language' field in the header entry

       --color
              use colors and other text attributes always

       --color=WHEN
              use colors and other text  attributes  if  WHEN.   WHEN  may  be
              'always', 'never', 'auto', or 'html'.

       --style=STYLEFILE
              specify CSS style rule file for --color

       -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

       -n, --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 (C)  1995-1998,  2000-2016  Free  Software  Foundation,  Inc.
       License      GPLv3+:     GNU     GPL     version     3     or     later
       <http://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>
       This is free software: you are free  to  change  and  redistribute  it.
       There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

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 0.19.8.1         June 2016                       MSGMERGE(1)

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