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msggrep - pattern matching on message catalog  


msggrep [OPTION] [INPUTFILE]  


Extracts all messages of a translation catalog that match a given pattern or belong to some given source files.

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

Input file location:

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

If no input file is given or if it 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:


A message is selected if it comes from one of the specified source files, or if it comes from one of the specified domains, or if -K is given and its key (msgid or msgid_plural) matches MSGID-PATTERN, or if -T is given and its translation (msgstr) matches MSGSTR-PATTERN, or if -C is given and the translator's comment matches COMMENT-PATTERN.

When more than one selection criterion is specified, the set of selected messages is the union of the selected messages of each criterion.  


[-E | -F] [-e PATTERN | -f FILE]...

PATTERNs are basic regular expressions by default, or extended regular expressions if -E is given, or fixed strings if -F is given.

-N, --location=SOURCEFILE
select messages extracted from SOURCEFILE
-M, --domain=DOMAINNAME
select messages belonging to domain DOMAINNAME
-K, --msgid
start of patterns for the msgid
-T, --msgstr
start of patterns for the msgstr
-C, --comment
start of patterns for the translator's comment
-E, --extended-regexp
PATTERN is an extended regular expression
-F, --fixed-strings
PATTERN is a set of newline-separated strings
-e, --regexp=PATTERN
use PATTERN as a regular expression
-f, --file=FILE
obtain PATTERN from FILE
-i, --ignore-case
ignore case distinctions

Input file syntax:

-P, --properties-input
input file is in Java .properties syntax
input file is in NeXTstep/GNUstep .strings syntax

Output details:

do not use C escapes in output (default)
use C escapes in output, no extended chars
write PO file even if empty
indented output style
suppress '#: filename:line' lines
preserve '#: filename:line' lines (default)
strict Uniforum output style
-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
generate sorted output
sort output by file location

Informative output:

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


Written by Bruno Haible.  


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Copyright © 2001-2004 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 PURPOSE.  


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

should give you access to the complete manual.