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

mkmsgs(1)				  User Commands 				mkmsgs(1)

       mkmsgs - create message files for use by gettxt

       mkmsgs [-o] [-i locale] inputstrings msgfile

       The mkmsgs utility is used to create a file of text strings that can be accessed using the
       text retrieval tools (see gettxt(1), srchtxt(1), exstr(1), and gettxt(3C)). It  will  take
       as input a file of text strings for a particular geographic locale (see setlocale(3C)) and
       create a file of text strings in a format that can be retrieved by both gettxt(1) and get-
       txt(3C).   By   using  the  -i  option,	you  can  install  the	created  file  under  the
       /usr/lib/locale/locale/LC_MESSAGES  directory (locale corresponds to the language in which
       the text strings are written).

       inputstrings  is  the name of the file that contains the original text strings. msgfile is
       the name of the output file where mkmsgs writes the strings in a format that  is  readable
       by gettxt(1) and gettxt(3C). The name of msgfile can be up to 14 characters in length, but
       may not contain either \0 (null) or the ASCII code for / (slash) or : (colon).

       The input file contains a set of text strings for the particular geographic  locale.  Text
       strings are separated by a newline character. Nongraphic characters must be represented as
       alphabetic escape sequences. Messages are transformed and copied sequentially from  input-
       strings	to  msgfile.  To generate an empty message in msgfile, leave an empty line at the
       correct place in inputstrings.

       Strings can be changed simply by editing the file inputstrings. New strings must be  added
       only  at the end of the file; then a new msgfile file must be created and installed in the
       correct place. If this procedure is not followed, the retrieval function will retrieve the
       wrong string and software compatibility will be broken.

       The following options are supported:

       -o	     Overwrite msgfile, if it exists.

       -i locale     Install  msgfile  in the /usr/lib/locale/locale/LC_MESSAGES  directory. Only
		     someone who is super user or a member of group bin can create  or	overwrite
		     files  in	this directory. Directories under /usr/lib/locale will be created
		     if they do not exist.

       Example 1 Using the mkmsgs command.

       The following example shows an input message source file C.str:

	 File %s:\t cannot be opened\n
	 %s: Bad directory\n
	 write error\n

       Example 2 Using Input Strings From C.str to Create Text Strings in a File

       The following command uses the input strings from C.str to  create  text  strings  in  the
       appropriate format in the file UX in the current directory:

	 example% mkmsgs C.str UX

       Example 3 Using Input Strings From FR.str to Create Text Strings in a File

       The  following  command	uses  the input strings from FR.str to create text strings in the
       appropriate format in the file UX in the directory /usr/lib/locale/fr/LC_MESSAGES:

	 example% mkmsgs -i fr FR.str UX

       These text strings would be accessed if you  had  set  the  environment	variable  LC_MES-
       SAGES=fr  and  then invoked one of the text retrieval tools listed at the beginning of the
       DESCRIPTION section.


	   message files created by mkmsgs

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

       |Availability		      SUNWloc			   |

       exstr(1), gettxt(1), srchtxt(1), gettxt(3C), setlocale(3C), attributes(5)

SunOS 5.11				   26 Jul 1994					mkmsgs(1)

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