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NAME         top

       msgmerge - merge message catalog and template

SYNOPSIS         top

       msgmerge [OPTION] def.po ref.pot

DESCRIPTION         top

       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 preserved.  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

       ref.pot
              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.

       --backup=CONTROL
              make a backup of def.po

       --suffix=SUFFIX
              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

       --for-msgfmt
              produce output for 'msgfmt', not for a translator

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

       --previous
              keep previous msgids of translated messages

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

       --stringtable-input
              input files are in NeXTstep/GNUstep .strings syntax

   Output details:
       --lang=CATALOGNAME
              set 'Language' field in the header entry

       --color
              use colors and other text attributes always

       --color=WHEN
              use colors and other text attributes if WHEN.  WHEN may be
              'always', 'never', 'auto', or 'html'.

       --style=STYLEFILE
              specify CSS style rule file for --color

       -e, --no-escape
              do not use C escapes in output (default)

       -E, --escape
              use C escapes in output, no extended chars

       --force-po
              write PO file even if empty

       -i, --indent
              indented output style

       --no-location
              suppress '#: filename:line' lines

       -n, --add-location
              preserve '#: filename:line' lines (default)

       --strict
              strict Uniforum output style

       -p, --properties-output
              write out a Java .properties file

       --stringtable-output
              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

       -v, --verbose
              increase verbosity level

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

AUTHOR         top

       Written by Peter Miller.

REPORTING BUGS         top

       Report bugs in the bug tracker at
       <https://savannah.gnu.org/projects/gettext> or by email to
       <bug-gettext@gnu.org>.

COPYRIGHT         top

       Copyright © 1995-2020 Free Software Foundation, Inc.  License
       GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later
       <https://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>
       This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute
       it.  There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

SEE ALSO         top

       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.

COLOPHON         top

       This page is part of the gettext (message translation) project.
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