msgfmt man page

msgfmt — compile message catalog to binary format

Synopsis

msgfmt [OPTION] filename.po ...

Description

Generate binary message catalog from textual translation description.

Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too. Similarly for optional arguments.

Input file location

filename.po ...
input files
-D, --directory=DIRECTORY
add DIRECTORY to list for input files search

If input file is -, standard input is read.

Operation mode

-j, --java
Java mode: generate a Java ResourceBundle class
--java2
like --java, and assume Java2 (JDK 1.2 or higher)
--csharp
C# mode: generate a .NET .dll file
--csharp-resources
C# resources mode: generate a .NET .resources file
--tcl
Tcl mode: generate a tcl/msgcat .msg file
--qt
Qt mode: generate a Qt .qm file
--desktop
Desktop Entry mode: generate a .desktop file
--xml
XML mode: generate XML file

Output file location

-o, --output-file=FILE
write output to specified file
--strict
enable strict Uniforum mode

If output file is -, output is written to standard output.

Output file location in Java mode

-r, --resource=RESOURCE
resource name
-l, --locale=LOCALE
locale name, either language or language_COUNTRY
--source
produce a .java file, instead of a .class file
-d DIRECTORY
base directory of classes directory hierarchy

The class name is determined by appending the locale name to the resource name, separated with an underscore. The -d option is mandatory. The class is written under the specified directory.

Output file location in C# mode

-r, --resource=RESOURCE
resource name
-l, --locale=LOCALE
locale name, either language or language_COUNTRY
-d DIRECTORY
base directory for locale dependent .dll files

The -l and -d options are mandatory. The .dll file is written in a subdirectory of the specified directory whose name depends on the locale.

Output file location in Tcl mode

-l, --locale=LOCALE
locale name, either language or language_COUNTRY
-d DIRECTORY
base directory of .msg message catalogs

The -l and -d options are mandatory. The .msg file is written in the specified directory.

Desktop Entry mode options

-l, --locale=LOCALE
locale name, either language or language_COUNTRY
-o, --output-file=FILE
write output to specified file
--template=TEMPLATE
a .desktop file used as a template
-d DIRECTORY
base directory of .po files
-kWORD, --keyword=WORD
look for WORD as an additional keyword
-k, --keyword
do not to use default keywords

The -l, -o, and --template options are mandatory. If -D is specified, input files are read from the directory instead of the command line arguments.

XML mode options

-l, --locale=LOCALE
locale name, either language or language_COUNTRY
-L, --language=NAME
recognise the specified XML language
-o, --output-file=FILE
write output to specified file
--template=TEMPLATE
an XML file used as a template
-d DIRECTORY
base directory of .po files

The -l, -o, and --template options are mandatory. If -D is specified, input files are read from the directory instead of the command line arguments.

Input file syntax

-P, --properties-input
input files are in Java .properties syntax
--stringtable-input
input files are in NeXTstep/GNUstep .strings syntax

Input file interpretation

-c, --check
perform all the checks implied by --check-format, --check-header, --check-domain
--check-format
check language dependent format strings
--check-header
verify presence and contents of the header entry
--check-domain
check for conflicts between domain directives and the --output-file option
-C, --check-compatibility
check that GNU msgfmt behaves like X/Open msgfmt
--check-accelerators[=CHAR]
check presence of keyboard accelerators for menu items
-f, --use-fuzzy
use fuzzy entries in output

Output details

-a, --alignment=NUMBER
align strings to NUMBER bytes (default: 1)
--endianness=BYTEORDER
write out 32-bit numbers in the given byte order (big or little, default depends on platform)
--no-hash
binary file will not include the hash table

Informative output

-h, --help
display this help and exit
-V, --version
output version information and exit
--statistics
print statistics about translations
-v, --verbose
increase verbosity level

Author

Written by Ulrich Drepper.

Reporting Bugs

Report bugs to <bug-gnu-gettext@gnu.org>.

Referenced By

gettext(3), itstool(1), scons(1).

June 2016 GNU gettext-tools 0.19.8.1 GNU