po4a-translate.1p - Man Page

convert a PO file back to documentation format


po4a-translate -f fmt -m master.doc -p XX.po -l XX.doc

(XX.doc is the output, all others are inputs)


The po4a (PO for anything) project goal is to ease translations (and more interestingly, the maintenance of translations) using gettext tools on areas where they were not expected like documentation.

The po4a-translate script is in charge of converting the translation (which was done in a PO file) back into the documentation format. The provided PO file should be the translation of the POT file which was produced by po4a-gettextize(1).


-f, --format

Format of the documentation you want to handle. Use the --help-format option to see the list of available formats.

-a, --addendum

Add a file to the resulting file (to put translator's name or a section “About this translation”, for example). The first line of the file to insert should be a PO4A header indicating where it should be added (see section HOWTO add extra text to translations in po4a(7)).

-A, --addendum-charset

Charset of the addenda. Note that all the addenda should be in the same charset.

-m, --master

File containing the master document to translate.

-M, --master-charset

Charset of the file containing the document to translate.

-l, --localized

File where the localized (translated) document should be written.

-L, --localized-charset

Charset of the file containing the localized document.

-p, --po

File from which the message catalog should be read.

-o, --option

Extra option(s) to pass to the format plugin. Specify each option in the 'name=value' format. See the documentation of each plugin for more information about the valid options and their meanings.

-k, --keep

Minimal threshold for translation percentage to keep (i.e. write) the resulting file (default: 80). I.e. by default, files have to be translated at least at 80% to get written.

-w, --width

Column at which we should wrap the resulting file.

-h, --help

Show a short help message.


List the documentation formats understood by po4a.

-V, --version

Display the version of the script and exit.

-v, --verbose

Increase the verbosity of the program.

-d, --debug

Output some debugging information.

Adding content (beside translations) to generated files

To add some extra content to the generated document beside what you translated (like the name of the translator, or an “About this translation” section), you should use the --addendum option.

The first line of the addendum must be a header indicating where to put it in the document (it can be before or after a given part of the document).  The rest of the file will be added verbatim to the resulting file without further processing.

Note that if po4a-translate fails to add one of the given files, it discards the whole translation (because the missing file could be the one indicating the author, what would prevent the users to contact him to report bugs in the translation).

The header has a pretty rigid syntax. For more information on how to use this feature and how it works, please refer to the po4a(7) man page.

See Also

po4a-gettextize(1), po4a-normalize(1), po4a-updatepo(1), po4a(7)


 Denis Barbier <barbier@linuxfr.org>
 Nicolas François <nicolas.francois@centraliens.net>
 Martin Quinson (mquinson#debian.org)

Referenced By

po4a(7), po4a.1p(1), po4a-gettextize.1p(1), po4aman-display-po(1), po4a-normalize.1p(1), po4apod-display-po(1), po4a-updatepo.1p(1).

2020-01-30 Po4a Tools