MSGINIT(1) User Commands MSGINIT(1)

msginit - initialize a message catalog

msginit [OPTION]

Creates a new PO file, initializing the meta information with values from the user's environment.

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

input POT file

If no input file is given, the current directory is searched for the POT file. If it is -, standard input is read.

write output to specified PO file

If no output file is given, it depends on the --locale option or the user's locale setting. If it is -, the results are written to standard output.

input file is in Java .properties syntax
input file is in NeXTstep/GNUstep .strings syntax

set target locale
assume the PO file is automatically generated
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
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

display this help and exit
output version information and exit

Written by Bruno Haible.

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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 msginit is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and msginit programs are properly installed at your site, the command

info msginit

should give you access to the complete manual.

July 2020 GNU gettext-tools 20200704