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 too.

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 specified 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.

Reporting Bugs

Report bugs to <>.

See Also

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.

Referenced By


June 2016 GNU gettext-tools