msgfilter - edit translations of message catalog




Applies a filter to all translations of a translation catalog.

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

Input file location:

-i, --input=INPUTFILE
 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 -.

The FILTER can be any program that reads a translation from standard input and writes a modified translation to standard output.

Useful FILTER-OPTIONs when the FILTER is 'sed':

-e, --expression=SCRIPT
 add SCRIPT to the commands to be executed
-f, --file=SCRIPTFILE
 add the contents of SCRIPTFILE to the commands to be executed
-n, --quiet, --silent
 suppress automatic printing of pattern space

Input file syntax:

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

Output details:

 do not use C escapes in output (default)
-E, --escape
 use C escapes in output, no extended chars
 write PO file even if empty
 indented output style
 keep header entry unmodified, don’t filter it
 suppress ’#: filename:line’ lines
 preserve ’#: filename:line’ lines (default)
 strict Uniforum output style
-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 msgfilter is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and msgfilter programs are properly installed at your site, the command
info msgfilter
should give you access to the complete manual.

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