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       msgfmt [OPTION] filename.po ...


       Generate  binary  message catalog from textual translation

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

   Input file location:
       filename.po ...
              input files

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

       If input file is -, standard input is read.

   Operation mode:
       -j, --java
              Java mode: generate a Java ResourceBundle class

              like --java, and assume Java2 (JDK 1.2 or higher)

       --tcl  Tcl mode: generate a tcl/msgcat .msg file

   Output file location:
       -o, --output-file=FILE
              write output to specified file

              enable strict Uniforum mode

       If output file is -, output is written to standard output.

   Output file location in Java mode:
       -r, --resource=RESOURCE
              resource name

       -l, --locale=LOCALE
              locale name, either language or language_COUNTRY

       -d DIRECTORY
              base directory of classes directory hierarchy

       The class name is determined by appending the locale  name
       to  the  resource name, separated with an underscore.  The
       -d option is mandatory.  The class is  written  under  the
       specified directory.

   Input file interpretation:
       -c, --check
              perform all the checks implied  by  --check-format,
              --check-header, --check-domain

              check language dependent format strings

              verify presence and contents of the header entry

              check  for  conflicts between domain directives and
              the --output-file option

       -C, --check-compatibility
              check that GNU msgfmt behaves like X/Open msgfmt

              check presence of keyboard  accelerators  for  menu

       -f, --use-fuzzy
              use fuzzy entries in output

   Output details:
       -a, --alignment=NUMBER
              align strings to NUMBER bytes (default: 1)

              binary file will not include the hash table

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

       -V, --version
              output version information and exit

              print statistics about translations

       -v, --verbose
              increase verbosity level


       Written by Ulrich Drepper.


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


GNU gettext-tools 0.12.1     May 2003                   MSGFMT(1)
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