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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

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 speci‐
fied 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

when setting ‘fuzzy’, keep previous msgids of translated mes‐

remove the “previous msgid” from all messages

when removing ‘fuzzy’, also set msgstr empty

manipulate only entries listed in FILE.po

manipulate only entries not listed in FILE.po

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:
use colors and other text attributes always

use colors and other text attributes if WHEN. WHEN may be
‘always’, ‘never’, ‘auto’, or ‘html’.

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

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

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.


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Copyright © 2001-2010 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.

GNU gettext-tools 0.19.7 December 2015 MSGATTRIB(1)

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