msginit - initialize a message catalog


   msginit [OPTION]


   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

   Input file location:
   -i, --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:
   -o, --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

   Input file syntax:
   -P, --properties-input
          input file is in Java .properties syntax

          input file is in NeXTstep/GNUstep .strings syntax

   Output details:
   -l, --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:
   -h, --help
          display this help and exit

   -V, --version
          output version information and exit


   Written by Bruno Haible.


   Report bugs to <>.


   Copyright  2001-2016 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 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.


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