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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:

TagDescription
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:

TagDescription
-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

Output file location:

TagDescription
-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:

TagDescription
-r, --resource=RESOURCE
  resource name
-l, --locale=LOCALE
  locale name, either language or language_COUNTRY
-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 mandatory. The class is written under the specified directory.

Output file location in C# mode:

TagDescription
-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:

TagDescription
-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.

Input file syntax:

TagDescription
-P, --properties-input
  input files are in Java .properties syntax
--stringtable-input
  input files are in NeXTstep/GNUstep .strings syntax

Input file interpretation:

TagDescription
-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 --output-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:

TagDescription
-a, --alignment=NUMBER
  align strings to NUMBER bytes (default: 1)
--no-hash binary file will not include the hash table

Informative output:

TagDescription
-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 © 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

msgfmt is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and msgfmt programs are properly installed at your site, the command
TagDescription
info msgfmt
should give you access to the complete manual.
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