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msgcmp - compare message catalog and template


msgcmp [OPTION] def.po ref.pot


Compare two Uniforum style .po files to check that both contain the same set of msgid strings. The def.po file is an existing PO file with the translations. The ref.pot file is the last created PO file, or a PO Template file (generally created by xgettext). This is useful for checking that you have translated each and every message in your program. Where an exact match cannot be found, fuzzy matching is used to produce better diagnostics.

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

Input file location:

references to the sources
add DIRECTORY to list for input files search

Operation modifiers:

apply ref.pot to each of the domains in def.po
do not use fuzzy matching
consider fuzzy entries
consider untranslated entries

Input file syntax:

input files are in Java .properties syntax
input files are in NeXTstep/GNUstep .strings syntax

Informative output:

display this help and exit
output version information and exit


Written by Peter Miller.


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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 msgcmp is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and msgcmp programs are properly installed at your site, the command

info msgcmp

should give you access to the complete manual.

February 2024 GNU gettext-tools 0.22.5