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msguntypot - update PO files when a typo is fixed in POT file

msguntypot -o old_pot -n new_pot pofiles ...

When you fix a trivial error which surely doesn't affect translations (e.g. a typo) in a POT file, you should unfuzzy the corresponding msgstr in the translated PO files to avoid so extra work to the translators.

This task is difficult and error prone when done manually, and this tool is there to help doing so correctly. You just need to provide the two versions of the POT file: before the edition and after as marked in the above synopsis, and it all becomes automatic.

In short, when you discover a typo in one of your [english] message, do the following:

make -C po/ update-po # for message program translations
debconf-updatepo      # for debconf translations
po4a po4a.conf        # for po4a based documentation translations

or something else, depending on your project's building settings. You know how to make sure your POT and PO files are uptodate, don't you??

cp myfile.pot myfile.pot.orig
mkdir po_fridge; cp *.po po_fridge
$EDITOR the_file_in_which_there_is_a_typo
See above.

At this point, the typo fix fuzzied all the translations, and this unfortunate change is the only one between the PO files of your main directory and the one from the fridge. Here is how to solve this.

cp po_fridge/*.po .
msguntypot -o myfile.pot.orig -n myfile.pot *.po
rm -rf myfile.pot.orig po_fridge

You're done. The typo was eradicated from msgstr of both your POT and PO files, and the PO files were not fuzzyied in the process. Your translators love you already.

Despite its name, this tool is not part of the gettext tool suite. It is instead part of po4a. More precisely, it's a random Perl script using the fine po4a modules. For more information about po4a, please see:


Martin Quinson (mquinson#debian,org)

Copyright 2005 by SPI, inc.

This program is free software; you may redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of GPL v2.0 or later (see the COPYING file).

2024-06-08 perl v5.38.2