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mkmsgs(1)                        User Commands                       mkmsgs(1)

       mkmsgs - create message files for use by gettxt

       mkmsgs [-o] [-i locale] inputstrings msgfile

       The mkmsgs utility is used to create a file of text strings that can be
       accessed using the text retrieval  tools  (see  gettxt(1),  srchtxt(1),
       exstr(1), and gettxt(3C)). It will take as input a file of text strings
       for a particular geographic locale (see  setlocale(3C))  and  create  a
       file  of  text  strings  in a format that can be retrieved by both get-
       txt(1) and gettxt(3C). By using the -i option, you can install the cre-
       ated   file  under  the  /usr/lib/locale/locale/LC_MESSAGES   directory
       (locale corresponds to the language in which the text strings are writ-

       inputstrings  is  the  name of the file that contains the original text
       strings. msgfile is the name of the output file where mkmsgs writes the
       strings  in  a format that is readable by gettxt(1) and gettxt(3C). The
       name of msgfile can be up to 14 characters in length, but may not  con-
       tain either \0 (null) or the ASCII code for / (slash) or : (colon).

       The  input  file contains a set of text strings for the particular geo-
       graphic locale. Text strings are separated by a newline character. Non-
       graphic  characters must be represented as alphabetic escape sequences.
       Messages are transformed and copied sequentially from  inputstrings  to
       msgfile.  To  generate an empty message in msgfile, leave an empty line
       at the correct place in inputstrings.

       Strings can be changed simply by editing  the  file  inputstrings.  New
       strings  must  be added only at the end of the file; then a new msgfile
       file must be created and installed in the correct place. If this proce-
       dure  is  not  followed, the retrieval function will retrieve the wrong
       string and software compatibility will be broken.

       The following options are supported:

       -o              Overwrite msgfile, if it exists.

       -i locale       Install msgfile in  the  /usr/lib/locale/locale/LC_MES-
                       SAGES   directory.  Only someone who is super user or a
                       member of group bin can create or  overwrite  files  in
                       this  directory. Directories under /usr/lib/locale will
                       be created if they do not exist.

       Example 1: Using the mkmsgs command.

       The following example shows an input message source file C.str:

       File %s:\t cannot be opened\n
       %s: Bad directory\n
       write error\n

       Example 2: Using Input Strings From C.str to Create Text Strings  in  a

       The  following command uses the input strings from C.str to create text
       strings in the appropriate format in the file UX in the current  direc-

       example% mkmsgs C.str UX

       Example  3: Using Input Strings From FR.str to Create Text Strings in a

       The following command uses the input strings from FR.str to create text
       strings  in  the  appropriate  format  in  the file UX in the directory

       example% mkmsgs -i fr FR.str UX
       These text strings would be accessed if you  had  set  the  environment
       variable LC_MESSAGES=fr
        and  then invoked one of the text retrieval tools listed at the begin-
       ning of the DESCRIPTION section.


           message files created by mkmsgs

       See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:

       tab() box; cw(2.750000i)| cw(2.750000i)  lw(2.750000i)|  lw(2.750000i).

       exstr(1),    gettxt(1),    srchtxt(1),    gettxt(3C),    setlocale(3C),

SunOS 5.10                        26 Jul 1994                        mkmsgs(1)