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msgcat - combines several message catalogs

msgcat [OPTION] [INPUTFILE]...

Concatenates and merges the specified PO files. Find messages which are common to two or more of the specified PO files. By using the --more-than option, greater commonality may be requested before messages are printed. Conversely, the --less-than option may be used to specify less commonality before messages are printed (i.e. --less-than=2 will only print the unique messages). Translations, comments, extracted comments, and file positions will be cumulated, except that if --use-first is specified, they will be taken from the first PO file to define them.

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

input files
get list of input files from FILE
add DIRECTORY to list for input files search

If input file is -, standard input is read.

write output to specified file

The results are written to standard output if no output file is specified or if it is -.

-<, --less-than=NUMBER
print messages with less than this many definitions, defaults to infinite if not set
->, --more-than=NUMBER
print messages with more than this many definitions, defaults to 0 if not set
shorthand for --less-than=2, requests that only unique messages be printed

input files are in Java .properties syntax
input files are in NeXTstep/GNUstep .strings syntax

encoding for output
use first available translation for each message, don't merge several translations
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
do not use C escapes in output (default)
use C escapes in output, no extended chars
write PO file even if empty
write the .po file using indented style
do not write '#: filename:line' lines
generate '#: filename:line' lines (default)
write out strict Uniforum conforming .po file
write out a Java .properties file
write out a NeXTstep/GNUstep .strings file
set output page width
do not break long message lines, longer than the output page width, into several lines
generate sorted output
sort output by file location

display this help and exit
output version information and exit

Written by Bruno Haible.

Report bugs in the bug tracker at https://savannah.gnu.org/projects/gettext or by email to <bug-gettext@gnu.org>.

Copyright © 2001-2020 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later https://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.

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

info msgcat

should give you access to the complete manual.

July 2020 GNU gettext-tools 20200704