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msgconv – character set conversion for message catalog




Converts a translation catalog to a different character encoding.

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 -.

Conversion target:
-t, –to-code=


encoding for output

The default encoding is the current locale’s encoding.

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
indented output style

suppress ‘#: filename:line’ lines

-n, –add-location
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


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 msgconv is maintained as a Texinfo manual.
If the info and msgconv programs are properly installed at your site,
the command

info msgconv

should give you access to the complete manual.

GNU gettext-tools 0.19.7 December 2015 MSGCONV(1)

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