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NAME

       msgcomm - match two message catalogs

SYNOPSIS

       msgcomm [OPTION] [INPUTFILE]...

DESCRIPTION

       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  extracted  comments  will  be preserved, but only 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 1 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:
       --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

       --omit-header
              don't write header with 'msgid ""' entry

   Informative output:
       -h, --help
              display this help and exit

       -V, --version
              output version information and exit

AUTHOR

       Written by Peter Miller.

REPORTING BUGS

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

COPYRIGHT

       Copyright  ©  1995-1998, 2000-2010 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  msgcomm is maintained as a Texinfo manual.  If the info and
       msgcomm programs are properly installed at your site, the command

              info msgcomm

       should give you access to the complete manual.