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initialize a message catalog


msginit [OPTION]

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msginit -l $*
msginit -l zh_CN.utf8
msginit -l de_DE -o de/LC_MESSAGES/AC.po -i AC.pot


Creates a new PO file, initializing the meta information with values from the user’s environment.

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

Input file location:
, --input=INPUTFILE

input POT file

If no input file is given, the current directory is searched for the POT file. If it is -, standard input is read.

Output file location:
, --output-file=FILE

write output to specified PO file

If no output file is given, it depends on the --locale option or the user’s locale setting. If it is -, the results are written to standard output.

Input file syntax:
, --properties-input

input file is in Java .properties syntax


input file is in NeXTstep/GNUstep .strings syntax

Output details:
, --locale=LL_CC

set target locale


assume the PO file is automatically generated


use colors and other text attributes always


use colors and other text attributes if WHEN. WHEN may be ’always’, ’never’, ’auto’, or ’html’.


specify CSS style rule file for --color

-p, --properties-output

write out a Java .properties file


write out a NeXTstep/GNUstep .strings file

-w, --width=NUMBER

set output page width


do not break long message lines, longer than the output page width, into several lines

Informative output:
, --help

display this help and exit

-V, --version

output version information and exit


Copyright © 2001-2010 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <>
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

reporting bugs

Report bugs to <bug-gnu-gettext[:at:]gnu[:dot:]org>.

see also

The full documentation for msginit is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and msginit programs are properly installed at your site, the command

info msginit

should give you access to the complete manual.


Written by Bruno Haible.

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