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MSGFMT(1)				       GNU					MSGFMT(1)

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

   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

       -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:
       -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.

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

       --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, 2000-2010 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  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.

GNU gettext-tools 0.18.1		    June 2010					MSGFMT(1)
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