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GNU gettext
A well integrated set of tools and documentation to help programmers, translators, and users make other GNU packages produce multi-lingual messages. The tools include a set of conventions about how programs should be written to support message catalogs, a directory and file naming organzation for those message catalogs, a runtime library that supports retrieval of translated messages, and a few stand-alone programs to manipulate sets of strings. A special GNU Emacs mode also helps work with these strings.


Online manual available from

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Download version 0.19.3 (stable)
released on 16 October 2014

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LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
GPLv3orlaterKelly Hopkins4 June 2010
LGPLv2.1orlaterKelly Hopkins4 June 2010

Leaders and contributors

Bruno Haible Maintainer
Daiki Ueno Maintainer

Resources and communication

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Software prerequisites

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

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 24 October 2014.


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