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msgfmt (1g)

Name

msgfmt - compile message catalog to binary format

Synopsis

msgfmt [OPTION] filename.po ...

Description

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NAME
       msgfmt - compile message catalog to binary format

SYNOPSIS
       msgfmt [OPTION] filename.po ...

DESCRIPTION
       Generate binary message catalog from textual translation description.

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

   Input file location:
       filename.po ...
              input files

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

       If input file is -, standard input is read.

   Operation mode:
       -j, --java
              Java mode: generate a Java ResourceBundle class

       --java2
              like --java, and assume Java2 (JDK 1.2 or higher)

       --csharp
              C# mode: generate a .NET .dll file

       --csharp-resources
              C# resources mode: generate a .NET .resources file

       --tcl  Tcl mode: generate a tcl/msgcat .msg file

       --qt   Qt mode: generate a Qt .qm file

       --desktop
              Desktop Entry mode: generate a .desktop file

       --xml  XML mode: generate XML file

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

       --strict
              enable strict Uniforum mode

       If output file is -, output is written to standard output.

   Output file location in Java mode:
       -r, --resource=RESOURCE
              resource name

       -l, --locale=LOCALE
              locale name, either language or language_COUNTRY

       --source
              produce a .java file, instead of a .class file

       -d DIRECTORY
              base directory of classes directory hierarchy

       The class name is determined  by  appending  the  locale  name  to  the
       resource  name,  separated with an underscore.  The -d option is manda-
       tory.  The class is written under the specified directory.

   Output file location in C# mode:
       -r, --resource=RESOURCE
              resource name

       -l, --locale=LOCALE
              locale name, either language or language_COUNTRY

       -d DIRECTORY
              base directory for locale dependent .dll files

       The -l and -d options are mandatory.  The .dll file  is  written  in  a
       subdirectory  of  the  specified  directory  whose  name depends on the
       locale.

   Output file location in Tcl mode:
       -l, --locale=LOCALE
              locale name, either language or language_COUNTRY

       -d DIRECTORY
              base directory of .msg message catalogs

       The -l and -d options are mandatory.  The .msg file is written  in  the
       specified directory.

   Desktop Entry mode options:
       -l, --locale=LOCALE
              locale name, either language or language_COUNTRY

       -o, --output-file=FILE
              write output to specified file

       --template=TEMPLATE
              a .desktop file used as a template

       -d DIRECTORY
              base directory of .po files

       -kWORD, --keyword=WORD
              look for WORD as an additional keyword

       -k, --keyword
              do not to use default keywords

       The  -l, -o, and --template options are mandatory.  If -D is specified,
       input files are read from the directory instead  of  the  command  line
       arguments.

   XML mode options:
       -l, --locale=LOCALE
              locale name, either language or language_COUNTRY

       -L, --language=NAME
              recognise the specified XML language

       -o, --output-file=FILE
              write output to specified file

       --template=TEMPLATE
              an XML file used as a template

       -d DIRECTORY
              base directory of .po files

       The  -l, -o, and --template options are mandatory.  If -D is specified,
       input files are read from the directory instead  of  the  command  line
       arguments.

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

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

   Input file interpretation:
       -c, --check
              perform    all    the    checks   implied   by   --check-format,
              --check-header, --check-domain

       --check-format
              check language dependent format strings

       --check-header
              verify presence and contents of the header entry

       --check-domain
              check for conflicts between domain  directives  and  the  --out-
              put-file option

       -C, --check-compatibility
              check that GNU msgfmt behaves like X/Open msgfmt

       --check-accelerators[=CHAR]
              check presence of keyboard accelerators for menu items

       -f, --use-fuzzy
              use fuzzy entries in output

   Output details:
       -a, --alignment=NUMBER
              align strings to NUMBER bytes (default: 1)

       --endianness=BYTEORDER
              write out 32-bit numbers in the given byte order (big or little,
              default depends on platform)

       --no-hash
              binary file will not include the hash table

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

       -V, --version
              output version information and exit

       --statistics
              print statistics about translations

       -v, --verbose
              increase verbosity level

AUTHOR
       Written by Ulrich Drepper.

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.


ATTRIBUTES
       See attributes(7) for descriptions of the following attributes:


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

              info msgfmt

       should give you access to the complete manual.



NOTES
       This     software     was    built    from    source    available    at
       https://github.com/oracle/solaris-userland.   The  original   community
       source   was   downloaded   from   https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/gettext/get-
       text-0.19.8.tar.xz

       Further information about this software can be found on the open source
       community website at https://www.gnu.org/software/gettext.



GNU gettext-tools 0.19.8           June 2016                         MSGFMT(1)