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NAME

       msgcat - combines several message catalogs

SYNOPSIS

       msgcat [OPTION] [INPUTFILE]...

DESCRIPTION

       Concatenates  and merges the specified PO files.  Find messages which are common to two or
       more of the specified PO files.  By using the --more-than option, greater commonality  may
       be  requested before messages are printed.  Conversely, the --less-than option may be used
       to specify less commonality before messages are printed  (i.e.   --less-than=2  will  only
       print  the  unique  messages).   Translations,  comments  and  extract  comments  will  be
       cumulated, except that if --use-first is specified, they will be taken from the  first  PO
       file to define them.  File positions from all PO files will be cumulated.

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

   Input file location:
       INPUTFILE ...
              input files

       -f, --files-from=FILE
              get list of input files from FILE

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

       If input file 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 -.

   Message selection:
       -<, --less-than=NUMBER
              print  messages  with  less than this many definitions, defaults to infinite if not
              set

       ->, --more-than=NUMBER
              print messages with more than this many definitions, defaults to 0 if not set

       -u, --unique
              shorthand for --less-than=2, requests that only unique messages be printed

   Input file syntax:
       -P, --properties-input
              input files are in Java .properties syntax

       --stringtable-input
              input files are in NeXTstep/GNUstep .strings syntax

   Output details:
       -t, --to-code=NAME
              encoding for output

       --use-first
              use first available translation for each message, don't merge several translations

       --lang=CATALOGNAME
              set 'Language' field in the header entry

       --color
              use colors and other text attributes always

       --color=WHEN
              use colors and other text attributes if  WHEN.   WHEN  may  be  'always',  'never',
              'auto', or 'html'.

       --style=STYLEFILE
              specify CSS style rule file for --color

       -e, --no-escape
              do not use C escapes in output (default)

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

       --force-po
              write PO file even if empty

       -i, --indent
              write the .po file using indented style

       --no-location
              do not write '#: filename:line' lines

       -n, --add-location
              generate '#: filename:line' lines (default)

       --strict
              write out strict Uniforum conforming .po file

       -p, --properties-output
              write out a Java .properties file

       --stringtable-output
              write out a NeXTstep/GNUstep .strings file

       -w, --width=NUMBER
              set output page width

       --no-wrap
              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

AUTHOR

       Written by Bruno Haible.

REPORTING BUGS

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

COPYRIGHT

       Copyright © 2001-2010 Free Software Foundation, Inc.  License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or
       later <http://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>
       This  is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it.  There is NO WARRANTY,
       to the extent permitted by law.

SEE ALSO

       The full documentation for msgcat is maintained as a Texinfo  manual.   If  the  info  and
       msgcat programs are properly installed at your site, the command

              info msgcat

       should give you access to the complete manual.