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OpenSolaris 2009.06 - man page for gettext (opensolaris section 1)

gettext(1)				  User Commands 			       gettext(1)

NAME
       gettext - retrieve text string from message database

SYNOPSIS
       gettext [-d textdomain | --domain=textdomain]
	    [textdomain] msgid

       gettext -s [-e] [-n]
	    [-d textdomain | --domain=textdomain] msgid...

DESCRIPTION
       The  gettext utility retrieves a translated text string corresponding to string msgid from
       a message object generated with msgfmt(1). The message object name  is  derived	from  the
       optional  argument textdomain if present, otherwise from the TEXTDOMAIN environment. If no
       domain is specified, or if a corresponding string cannot be found, gettext prints msgid.

       Ordinarily, gettext looks for its message object in /usr/lib/locale/lang/LC_MESSAGES where
       lang  is  the locale name. If present, the TEXTDOMAINDIR environment variable replaces the
       pathname component up to lang.

       This command interprets C escape sequences such as \t for tab. Use \\  to  print  a  back-
       slash.  To produce a message on a line of its own, either enter \n at the end of msgid, or
       use this command in conjunction with printf(1).

       When used with the -s option, gettext behaves like echo(1). But it does	not  simply  copy
       its  arguments  to  standard output. Instead, those messages found in the selected catalog
       are translated.

OPTIONS
       The following options are supported:

       -d textdomain		 Retrieves translated messages from  the  domain  textdomain,  if
       --domain=textdomain	 textdomain is not specified as an operand.

       -e			 Enables  expansion  of some escape sequences if used with the -s
				 option.

       -n			 Suppresses trailing newline if used with the -s option.

       -s			 Behaves like echo(1) (see DESCRIPTION above). If the  -s  option
				 is  specified,  no  expansion of C escape sequences is performed
				 and a newline character is appended to the output, by default.

OPERANDS
       The following operands are supported:

       textdomain    A domain name used to retrieve the messages. This overrides  the  specifica-
		     tion by the -d or --domain options, if present.

       msgid	     A key to retrieve the localized message.

ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES
       LANG		Specifies locale name.

       LC_MESSAGES	Specifies messaging locale, and if present overrides LANG for messages.

       TEXTDOMAIN	Specifies  the text domain name, which is identical to the message object
			filename without .mo suffix.

       TEXTDOMAINDIR	Specifies the pathname to the  message	database.  If  present,  replaces
			/usr/lib/locale.

ATTRIBUTES
       See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:

       +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+
       |      ATTRIBUTE TYPE	     |	    ATTRIBUTE VALUE	   |
       +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+
       |Availability		     |SUNWcsu			   |
       +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+

SEE ALSO
       echo(1), msgfmt(1), printf(1), gettext(3C), setlocale(3C), attributes(5)

NOTES
       This is the shell equivalent of the library routine gettext(3C).

SunOS 5.11				   17 Sep 2001				       gettext(1)


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