msgfilter Man page



msgfilter – edit translations of message catalog




Applies a filter to all translations of a translation catalog.

Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options

Input file location:
-i, –input=INPUTFILE
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 -.

The FILTER can be any program that reads a translation from standard
input and writes a modified translation to standard output.

Filter input and output:
add a newline at the end of input and remove a newline from the
end of output

Useful FILTER-OPTIONs when the FILTER is ‘sed’:
-e, –expression=SCRIPT
add SCRIPT to the commands to be executed

-f, –file=SCRIPTFILE
add the contents of SCRIPTFILE to the commands to be executed

-n, –quiet, –silent
suppress automatic printing of pattern space

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

do not use C escapes in output (default)

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

write PO file even if empty

indented output style

keep header entry unmodified, don’t filter it

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

info msgfilter

should give you access to the complete manual.

GNU gettext-tools 0.19.7 December 2015 MSGFILTER(1)

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