msgattrib - attribute matching and manipulation on message catalog


msgattrib [OPTION] [INPUTFILE]


Filters the messages of a translation catalog according to their attributes, and manipulates the attributes.

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

Input file location:

 input PO file
-D, --directory=DIRECTORY
 add DIRECTORY to list for input files search
If no input file is given or if it is -, standard input is read.

Output file location:

-o, --output-file=FILE
 write output to specified file
The results are written to standard output if no output file is specified or if it is -.

Message selection:

 keep translated, remove untranslated messages
 keep untranslated, remove translated messages
 remove ’fuzzy’ marked messages
 keep ’fuzzy’ marked messages
 remove obsolete #~ messages
 keep obsolete #~ messages

Attribute manipulation:

 set all messages ’fuzzy’
 set all messages non-’fuzzy’
 set all messages obsolete
 set all messages non-obsolete
 remove the "previous msgid" from all messages
 manipulate only entries listed in FILE.po
 manipulate only entries not listed in FILE.po
--fuzzy synonym for --only-fuzzy --clear-fuzzy
 synonym for --only-obsolete --clear-obsolete

Input file syntax:

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

Output details:

-e, --no-escape
 do not use C escapes in output (default)
-E, --escape
 use C escapes in output, no extended chars
 write PO file even if empty
-i, --indent
 write the .po file using indented style
 do not write ’#: filename:line’ lines
-n, --add-location
 generate ’#: filename:line’ lines (default)
 write out strict Uniforum conforming .po file
-p, --properties-output
 write out a Java .properties file
 write out a NeXTstep/GNUstep .strings file
-w, --width=NUMBER
 set output page width
--no-wrap do not break long message lines, longer than the output page width, into several lines
-s, --sort-output
 generate sorted output
-F, --sort-by-file
 sort output by file location

Informative output:

-h, --help display this help and exit
-V, --version
 output version information and exit


Written by Bruno Haible.


Report bugs to <>.


Copyright © 2001-2007 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <> 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 msgattrib is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and msgattrib programs are properly installed at your site, the command
info msgattrib
should give you access to the complete manual.

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