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GNU gettext
Tools to produce multi-lingual messages

Gettext is a package providing a framework for translating the textual output of programs into multiple languages. It provides translators with the means to create message catalogs, as well as an Emacs mode to work with them, and a runtime library to load translated messages from the catalogs.

Nearly all GNU packages use Gettext.


Documentation included and available online at

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released on 11 June 2016

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GPLv3orlaterGenium5 January 2017
LGPLv2.1orlaterGenium5 January 2017

Leaders and contributors

Daiki Ueno Maintainer
Bruno Haible Maintainer

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Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Weak prerequisite GNU Grep
Weak prerequisite GNU ncurses
Weak prerequisite Java (gcj)
Weak prerequisite C# (mono)
Weak prerequisite libxml2
Required to use glibc
Weak prerequisite libiconv
Weak prerequisite Emacs

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 5 January 2017.


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