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msginit – initialize a message catalog


msginit [OPTION]


Creates a new PO file, initializing the meta information with values
from the user’s environment.

Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options

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

If no input file is given, the current directory is searched for the
POT file. If it is -, standard input is read.

Output file location:
-o, –output-file=FILE
write output to specified PO file

If no output file is given, it depends on the –locale option or the
user’s locale setting. If it is -, the results are written to standard

Input file syntax:
-P, –properties-input
input file is in Java .properties syntax

input file is in NeXTstep/GNUstep .strings syntax

Output details:
-l, –locale=LL_CC
set target locale

assume the PO file is automatically generated

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

-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

Informative output:
-h, –help
display this help and exit

-V, –version
output version information and exit


Written by Bruno Haible.


Report bugs to .


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

info msginit

should give you access to the complete manual.

GNU gettext-tools 0.19.7 December 2015 MSGINIT(1)