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       po4a-gettextize - convert an original file (and its translation) to a
       PO file


       po4a-gettextize -f fmt -m master.doc [-l XX.doc] -p XX.po

       (XX.po 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-gettextize script is in charge of converting documentation
       files to PO files.  If you start a new translation, po4a-gettextize
       will extract the translatable strings from the documentation file and
       write a POT file from it.

       If you already have a translated file, po4a-gettextize will try to
       extract the translations it contains and put them in place in the
       written PO file. Be warned that very few intelligence is used in this
       process: the Nth string of the translated file is supposed to be the
       translation of the Nth string in the original. If it's not the case,
       you're dead. That's why it is very important that both files share
       exactly the same structure.

       However, po4a-gettextize will diagnose your death by detecting any
       desynchronisation between files, and reporting where they occur. In
       that case, you should edit manually the files to solve the reported
       disparity. Even if no error were reported, you should check carefully
       that the generated PO file is correct (ie, that each msgstr is the
       translation of the associated msgid, and not the one before or after).

       Even if the script manages to do its job without any apparent problem,
       it still marks all extracted translations as fuzzy, to make sure that
       the translator will have a look at them, and detect any remaining

       If the master document has non-ASCII characters, the new generated PO
       file will be in UTF-8, in order to allow non-standard characters in a
       culture independent way. Else (if the master document is completely in
       ASCII), the generated PO will use the encoding of the translated input


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

       -m, --master
           File containing the master document to translate. You can use this
           option multiple times if you want to gettextize multiple documents.

       -M, --master-charset
           Charset of the file containing the document to translate.

       -l, --localized
           File containing the localized (translated) document. If you
           provided multiple master files, you may wish to provide multiple
           localized file by using this option more than once.

       -L, --localized-charset
           Charset of the file containing the localized document.

       -p, --po
           File where the message catalog should be written. If not given, the
           message catalog will be written to the standard output.

       -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.

       -h, --help
           Show a short help message.

           List the documentation format 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.

       --msgid-bugs-address email@address
           Set the report address for msgid bugs. By default, the created POT
           files have no Report-Msgid-Bugs-To fields.

       --copyright-holder string
           Set the copyright holder in the POT header. The default value is
           "Free Software Foundation, Inc."

       --package-name string
           Set the package name for the POT header. The default is "PACKAGE".

       --package-version string
           Set the package version for the POT header. The default is


       po4a(7), po4a-updatepo(1), po4a-translate(1), po4a-normalize(1).


        Denis Barbier <>
        Nicolas Francois <>
        Martin Quinson (


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