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msgcomm - match two message catalogs  


msgcomm [OPTION] [INPUTFILE]...  


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 extract 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:

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
input files are in NeXTstep/GNUstep .strings syntax

Output details:

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
-e, --no-escape
do not use C escapes in output (default)
-E, --escape
use C escapes in output, no extended chars
write PO file even if empty
-i, --indent
write the .po file using indented style
do not write '#: filename:line' lines
-n, --add-location
generate '#: filename:line' lines (default)
write out strict Uniforum conforming .po file
-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
-s, --sort-output
generate sorted output
-F, --sort-by-file
sort output by file location
don't write header with `msgid ""' entry

Informative output:

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


Written by Peter Miller.  


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Copyright © 1995-1998, 2000-2010 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.  


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.



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