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NAME

       msgen - create English message catalog

SYNOPSIS

       msgen [OPTION] INPUTFILE

DESCRIPTION

       Creates  an  English  translation  catalog.  The input file is the last created English PO
       file, or a PO Template file (generally created by  xgettext).   Untranslated  entries  are
       assigned a translation that is identical to the msgid.

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

   Input file location:
       INPUTFILE
              input PO or POT 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 -.

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

       --stringtable-input
              input file is in NeXTstep/GNUstep .strings syntax

   Output details:
       --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
              indented output style

       --no-location
              suppress '#: filename:line' lines

       --add-location
              preserve '#: filename:line' lines (default)

       --strict
              strict Uniforum output style

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

              info msgen

       should give you access to the complete manual.