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NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

     gencat - NLS catalog compiler

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]

     gencat output-file input-file [...]

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

     The gencat utility merges the text  NLS  (National  Language
Support) in
     input-file   into   a   formatted   message   catalog   file
output-file.  The file
     output-file will be created if it does  not  already  exist.
If output-file
     does  exist,  its  messages  will  be  included  in  the new
output-file.  If set
     and message numbers collide, the new message text defined in
     will  replace  the  old  message text currently contained in

INPUT FILES    [Toc]    [Back]

     The format of a message text source file is  defined  below.
Note that the
     fields of a message text source line are separated by a single space
     character; any other space characters are considered  to  be
part of the
     field contents.

     $set n comment
       This  line  specifies  the set identifier of the following
messages until
       the next $set or end-of-file appears.  The argument  n  is
the set identifier
   which  is  defined  as  a  number  in  the  range
[1,NL_SETMAX].  Set
       identifiers must occur in ascending order within a  single
source file,
       but  need not be contiguous.  Any string following a space
following the
       set identifier is treated as a comment.  If no $set directive is specified
  in a given source file, all messages will be located
in the default
 message set NL_SETD.

     $del n comment
       This line deletes messages from set n from a message catalog.  The n
       specifies a set number.  Any string following a space following the set
       number is treated as a comment.

     $ comment
       A line beginning with $ followed by a space is treated  as
a comment.

     m message-text
       A  message  line consists of a message identifier m in the
       [1,NL_MSGMAX].  The message-text is stored in the  message
catalog with
       the  set  identifier specified by the last $set directive,
and the message
 identifier m.  If  the  message-text  is  empty,  and
there is a space
       character  following  the  message  identifier,  an  empty
string is stored
       in the message catalog.  If the message-text is empty, and
if there is
       no  space character following the message identifier, then
the existing
       message in the current  set  with  the  specified  message
identifier is
       deleted  from the catalog.  Message identifiers must be in
ascending order
 within a single set, but need not be contiguous.   The
       length must be in the range [0,NL_TEXTMAX].

     $quote c
       This  line  specifies  an optional quote character c which
can be used to
       surround message-text so that trailing space or empty messages are visible
  in message source files.  By default, or if an empty
$quote directive
 is specified, no quoting of message-text will be recognized.

     Empty lines in message source files are ignored.  The effect
of lines beginning
 with any character other than those described  above
is undefined.

     Text  strings  can  contain the following special characters
and escape sequences.
  In addition, if a quote character is  defined,  it
may be escaped
     as well to embed a literal quote character.

                line feed
                 horizontal tab
                vertical tab
               bacarriage return

                form feed
           \      backslash
               octal number in the range [000, 377]

     A backslash character immediately before the end of the line
in a file is
     used to continue the line onto the next line, e.g.,

           1 This line is continued            on this line.

     If the character following the backslash is not one of those
     the backslash is ignored.

     The  gencat utility exits 0 on success or >0 if an error occurred.

SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]

     catclose(3), catgets(3), catopen(3)

STANDARDS    [Toc]    [Back]

     The gencat utility is compliant with the X/Open  Portability
Guide Issue 4
     (``XPG4'') standard.

AUTHORS    [Toc]    [Back]

     This manual page by Ken Stailey updated and revised by
     Terry Lambert.

BUGS    [Toc]    [Back]

     A  message  catalog file created from a blank input file can
not be revised;
 it must be deleted and recreated.

OpenBSD     3.6                           June      11,      1997
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