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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,  extracted  comments,  and  file
       positions will be cumulated, except that if --use-first is specified, they will  be  taken
       from the first PO file to define them.

       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.