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MSGMERGE(1)				       GNU				      MSGMERGE(1)

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 preserved, but extracted comments and file positions will be dis-
       carded.	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 created by xgettext); any transla-
       tions 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 pro-
       duce 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 specified 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  VER-
       SION_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 SIMPLE_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

       --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, 2000-2010 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 0.18.2		    March 2013				      MSGMERGE(1)
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