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Langue: en

Version: June 2010 (ubuntu - 24/10/10)

Section: 1 (Commandes utilisateur)


msgen - create English message catalog




Creates an English translation catalog. The input file is the last created English PO file, or a PO Template file (generally created by xgettext). Untranslated entries are assigned a translation that is identical to the msgid.

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

Input file location:

input PO or POT 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 -.

Input file syntax:

-P, --properties-input
input file is in Java .properties syntax
input file is in NeXTstep/GNUstep .strings syntax

Output details:

set 'Language' field in the header entry
use colors and other text attributes always
use colors and other text attributes if WHEN. WHEN may be 'always', 'never', 'auto', or 'html'.
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
write PO file even if empty
-i, --indent
indented output style
suppress '#: filename:line' lines
preserve '#: filename:line' lines (default)
strict Uniforum output style
-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
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 © 2001-2010 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <>
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.


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

should give you access to the complete manual.

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