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NGETTEXT(3)                                                        NGETTEXT(3)



NAME
       ngettext, dngettext, dcngettext - translate message and choose plural form

SYNOPSIS
       #include <libintl.h>

       char * ngettext (const char * msgid, const char * msgid_plural,
                        unsigned long int n);
       char * dngettext (const char * domainname,
                         const char * msgid, const char * msgid_plural,
                         unsigned long int n);
       char * dcngettext (const char * domainname,
                          const char * msgid, const char * msgid_plural,
                          unsigned long int n, int category);

DESCRIPTION
       The ngettext, dngettext and dcngettext functions attempt to translate a text string into the user's native lan-
       guage, by looking up the appropriate plural form of the translation in a message catalog.

       Plural forms are grammatical variants depending on the a number. Some languages have two forms, called singular
       and  plural.  Other languages have three forms, called singular, dual and plural. There are also languages with
       four forms.

       The ngettext, dngettext and dcngettext functions work like  the  gettext,  dgettext  and  dcgettext  functions,
       respectively.   Additionally,  they  choose  the appropriate plural form, which depends on the number n and the
       language of the message catalog where the translation was found.

       In the "C" locale, or if none of the used catalogs contain a translation for msgid, the ngettext, dngettext and
       dcngettext functions return msgid if n == 1, or msgid_plural if n != 1.

RETURN VALUE
       If  a  translation  was found in one of the specified catalogs, the appropriate plural form is converted to the
       locale's codeset and returned. The resulting string is statically allocated and must not be modified or  freed.
       Otherwise msgid or msgid_plural is returned, as described above.

ERRORS
       errno is not modified.

BUGS
       The return type ought to be const char *, but is char * to avoid warnings in C code predating ANSI C.

SEE ALSO
       gettext(3), dgettext(3), dcgettext(3)



GNU gettext 0.17                   May 2001                        NGETTEXT(3)