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MSGMERGE(1)                           GNU                          MSGMERGE(1)

       msgmerge - merge message catalog and template

       msgmerge [OPTION] def.po ref.pot

       Merges  two  Uniforum style .po files together.  The def.po file is an existing PO file with translations which
       will be taken over to the newly created file as long as they still  match;  comments  will  be  preserved,  but
       extracted comments and file positions will be discarded.  The ref.pot file is the last created PO file with up-
       to-date source references but old translations, or a PO Template file  (generally  created  by  xgettext);  any
       translations  or  comments  in the file will be discarded, however dot comments and file positions will be pre-
       served.  Where an exact match cannot be found, fuzzy matching is used to produce better results.

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

   Input file location:
       def.po translations referring to old sources

              references to new sources

       -D, --directory=DIRECTORY
              add DIRECTORY to list for input files search

       -C, --compendium=FILE
              additional library of message translations, may be specified more than once

   Operation mode:
       -U, --update
              update def.po, do nothing if def.po already up to date

   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 -.

       Output file location in update mode: The result is written back to def.po.

              make a backup of def.po

              override the usual backup suffix

       The version control method may be selected via the --backup option or through the  VERSION_CONTROL  environment
       variable.  Here are the values:

       none, off
              never make backups (even if --backup is given)

       numbered, t
              make numbered backups

       existing, nil
              numbered if numbered backups exist, simple otherwise

       simple, never
              always make simple backups

       The backup suffix is '~', unless set with --suffix or the SIMPLE_BACKUP_SUFFIX environment variable.

   Operation modifiers:
       -m, --multi-domain
              apply ref.pot to each of the domains in def.po

       -N, --no-fuzzy-matching
              do not use fuzzy matching

              keep previous msgids of translated messages

   Input file syntax:
       -P, --properties-input
              input files are in Java .properties syntax

              input files are 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
              indented output style

              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

              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

       -v, --verbose
              increase verbosity level

       -q, --quiet, --silent
              suppress progress indicators

       Written by Peter Miller.

       Report bugs to <>.

       Copyright  (C)  1995-1998,  2000-2007  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 permit-
       ted by law.

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

              info msgmerge

       should give you access to the complete manual.

GNU gettext-tools 0.17           November 2007                     MSGMERGE(1)