msguniq - unify duplicate translations in message catalog




Unifies duplicate translations in a translation catalog. Finds duplicate translations of the same message ID. Such duplicates are invalid input for other programs like msgfmt, msgmerge or msgcat. By default, duplicates are merged together. When using the --repeated option, only duplicates are output, and all other messages are discarded. Comments and extracted comments will be cumulated, except that if --use-first is specified, they will be taken from the first translation. File positions will be cumulated. When using the --unique option, duplicates are discarded.

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

3.1. Input file location:

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

If no input file is given or if it is -, standard input is read.

3.2. 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 -.

3.3. Message selection:

  • -d, --repeated
        print only duplicates
  • -u, --unique
        print only unique messages, discard duplicates

3.4. Input file syntax:

  • -P, --properties-input
        input file is in Java .properties syntax
  • --stringtable-input
        input file is in NeXTstep/GNUstep .strings syntax

3.5. Output details:

  • -t, --to-code=NAME
        encoding for output
  • --use-first
        use first available translation for each message, don't merge several translations
  • --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

3.6. Informative output:

  • -h, --help
        display this help and exit
  • -V, --version
        output version information and exit


Written by Bruno Haible.


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The full documentation for

msguniq is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the

info and

msguniq programs are properly installed at your site, the command

info msguniq

should give you access to the complete manual.