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msgcat (1)


msgcat - combines several message catalogs


msgcat [OPTION] [INPUTFILE]...


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     msgcat - combines several message catalogs

     msgcat [OPTION] [INPUTFILE]...

     Concatenates  and  merges the specified PO files.  Find mes-
     sages which are common to two or more of  the  specified  PO
     files.  By using the --more-than option, greater commonality
     may be requested before messages are  printed.   Conversely,
     the --less-than option may be used to specify less commonal-
     ity before messages are printed  (i.e.   --less-than=2  will
     only print the unique messages).  Translations, comments and
     extract  comments  will  be  cumulated,   except   that   if
     --use-first  is specified, they will be taken from the first
     PO file to define them.  File positions from  all  PO  files
     will be cumulated.

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

  Input file location:
     INPUTFILE ...
          input files

     -f, --files-from=FILE
          get list of input files from FILE

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

     If input file is -, standard input is read.

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

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

  Message selection:
     -<, --less-than=NUMBER
          print  messages  with  less than this many definitions,
          defaults to infinite if not set

     ->, --more-than=NUMBER
          print messages with more than  this  many  definitions,
          defaults to 0 if not set

     -u, --unique
          shorthand  for --less-than=2, requests that only unique

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          messages be printed

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

          input files are in NeXTstep/GNUstep .strings syntax

  Output details:
     -t, --to-code=NAME
          encoding for output

          use first available translation for each message, don't
          merge several translations

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

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

          write PO file even if empty

     -i, --indent
          write the .po file using indented style

          do not write '#: filename:line' lines

     -n, --add-location
          generate '#: filename:line' lines (default)

          write out strict Uniforum conforming .po file

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

          write out a NeXTstep/GNUstep .strings file

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

          do not break long message lines, longer than the output
          page width, into several lines

     -s, --sort-output

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          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

     Written by Bruno Haible.

     Report bugs to <>.

     Copyright (C) 2001-2006 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
     This is free software; see the  source  for  copying  condi-
     tions.   There  is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY

     See  attributes(5)  for  descriptions   of   the   following

     |Availability   | text/gnu-gettext |
     |Stability      | Uncommitted      |
     The full documentation for msgcat is maintained as a Texinfo
     manual.  If  the  info  and  msgcat  programs  are  properly
     installed at your site, the command

          info msgcat

     should give you access to the complete manual.

     This   software   was   built   from   source  available  at   The   original
     community       source       was       downloaded       from

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     Further information about this software can be found on  the
     open  source  community  website at

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