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Manual Reference Pages  -  PO4A-UPDATEPO (1)

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po4a-updatepo - update the translation (in PO format) of documentation



<B>po4a-updatepoB> <B>-fB> fmt (<B>-mB> master.docE)+ (<B>-pB> XX.po)+

(XX.po are the outputs, all others are inputs)


The po4a (PO for anything) project goal is to ease translations (and more interestingly, the maintenance of translations) using gettext tools on areas where they were not expected like documentation.

The <B>po4a-updatepoB> script is in charge of updating PO files to make them reflect the changes made to the original documentation file. For that, it converts the documentation file to a POT file, and call msgmerge(1) on this new POT and on the provided PO files.

It is possible to give more than one PO file (if you want to update several languages at once), and several documentation files (if you want to store the translations of several documents in the same PO file).

If the master document has non-ASCII characters, it will convert the PO files to UTF-8 (if they weren’t already), in order to allow non-standard characters in a culture independent way.


<B>-fB>, <B>--formatB> Format of the documentation you want to handle. Use the <B>--help-formatB> option to see the list of available formats.
<B>-mB>, <B>--masterB> File(s) containing the master document to translate.
<B>-MB>, <B>--master-charsetB> Charset of the files containing the document to translate. Note that all files must have the same charset.
<B>-pB>, <B>--poB> PO file(s) to update. If these files do not exist, they are created by <B>po4a-updatepoB>.
<B>-oB>, <B>--optionB> Extra option(s) to pass to the format plugin and other po4a internal module. Specify each option in the ’name<B>=B>value’ format. See the documentation of each plugin for more information about the valid options and their meanings.
<B>--no-previousB> This option removes <B>--previousB> from the options passed to <B>msgmergeB>. This permits to support versions of <B>gettextB> earlier than 0.16.
<B>--previousB> This option adds <B>--previousB> to the options passed to <B>msgmergeB>. It requires <B>gettextB> 0.16 or later, and is activated by default.
<B>--msgmerge-optB> options Extra options for <B>msgmergeB>.
<B>-hB>, <B>--helpB> Show a short help message.
<B>--help-formatB> List the documentation formats understood by po4a.
<B>-VB>, <B>--versionB> Display the version of the script and exit.
<B>-vB>, <B>--verboseB> Increase the verbosity of the program.
<B>-dB>, <B>--debugB> Output some debugging information.
<B>porefsB> type[,<B>wrapB>|<B>nowrapB>] Specify the reference format. Argument type can be one of <B>noneB> to not produce any reference, <B>nolineB> to not specify the line number (more accurately all line numbers are replaced by 1), <B>counterB> to replace line number by an increasing counter, and <B>fullB> to include complete references.

Argument can be followed by a comma and either <B>wrapB> or <B>nowrapB> keyword. References are written by default on a single line. The <B>wrapB> option wraps references on several lines, to mimic <B>gettextB> tools (<B>xgettextB> and <B>msgmergeB>). This option will become the default in a future release, because it is more sensible. The <B>nowrapB> option is available so that users who want to keep the old behavior can do so.

<B>--msgid-bugs-addressB> email@address Set the report address for msgid bugs. By default, the created POT files have no Report-Msgid-Bugs-To fields.
<B>--copyright-holderB> string Set the copyright holder in the POT header. The default value is Free Software Foundation, Inc.
<B>--package-nameB> string Set the package name for the POT header. The default is PACKAGE.
<B>--package-versionB> string Set the package version for the POT header. The default is VERSION.


po4a-gettextize(1), po4a-normalize(1), po4a-translate(1), po4a(7)


 Denis Barbier <>
 Nicolas François <>
 Martin Quinson (


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