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       msgfmt - compile message catalog to binary format

       msgfmt [OPTION] filename.po ...

       Generate binary message catalog from textual translation description.

       Mandatory  arguments  to  long  options are mandatory for short options

   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 manda-
       tory.  The class is written under the specified directory.

   Output file location in Tcl mode:
       -l, --locale=LOCALE
              locale name, either language or language_COUNTRY

       -d DIRECTORY
              base directory of .msg message catalogs

       The -l and -d options are mandatory.  The .msg file is written  in  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  --out-
              put-file option

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

              check presence of keyboard accelerators for menu items

       -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 <>.

       Copyright (C) 1995-1998, 2000-2002 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
       This is free software; see the source for copying conditions.  There is
       NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR  A  PARTICULAR

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

              info msgfmt

       should give you access to the complete manual.

GNU gettext 0.11.4                 July 2002                         MSGFMT(1)