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9.7 Invoking the msgcmp Program

     msgcmp [option] def.po ref.pot

The msgcmp program compares 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.

9.7.1 Input file location

def.po
Translations.
ref.pot
References to the sources.
-D directory
--directory=directory
Add directory to the list of directories. Source files are searched relative to this list of directories.

9.7.2 Operation modifiers

-m
--multi-domain
Apply ref.pot to each of the domains in def.po.
-N
--no-fuzzy-matching
Do not use fuzzy matching when an exact match is not found. This may speed up the operation considerably.
--use-fuzzy
Consider fuzzy messages in the def.po file like translated messages. Note that using this option is usually wrong, because fuzzy messages are exactly those which have not been validated by a human translator.
--use-untranslated
Consider untranslated messages in the def.po file like translated messages. Note that using this option is usually wrong.

9.7.3 Input file syntax

-P
--properties-input
Assume the input files are Java ResourceBundles in Java .properties syntax, not in PO file syntax.
--stringtable-input
Assume the input files are NeXTstep/GNUstep localized resource files in .strings syntax, not in PO file syntax.

9.7.4 Informative output

-h
--help
Display this help and exit.
-V
--version
Output version information and exit.