po4a-updatepo is a command-line tool that is used for updating the translation of a documentation in PO (Portable Object) format. PO files are used for internationalization and localization of software applications, and they contain human-readable translations of text strings that are displayed to users.
The po4a-updatepo tool is part of the po4a package, which is a set of tools for maintaining and translating documentation and other text-based files in different formats.
The po4a-updatepo tool works by comparing the source documentation file with the existing PO file and updating the translations for any text strings that have been modified, added or removed in the source file. It can also update the metadata in the PO file such as the source file location and translation status.
The po4a-updatepo tool supports a wide range of input file formats, including plain text files, HTML files, LaTeX documents, and various types of configuration files. It also provides a range of options for customizing the update behavior, handling markup tags, and selecting the target language.
After running po4a-updatepo, the updated PO file can be edited by translators using specialized tools such as Poedit or Lokalize. Translators can add or update translations for each text string and save the PO file. The translated PO file can then be compiled into a binary file format such as .mo using the msgfmt tool.
po4a-updatepo Command Examples
1. Update a PO file according to the modification of its origin file:
# po4a-updatepo --format text --master path/to/master.txt --po path/to/result.po
2. Get a list of available formats:
# po4a-updatepo --help-format
3. Update several PO files according to the modification of their origin file:
# po4a-updatepo --format text --master path/to/master.txt --po path/to/po1.po --po path/to/po2.po
Overall, po4a-updatepo is a useful tool for maintaining and updating translations for documentation and other text-based files. It helps to streamline the translation process and ensure that translations are kept up-to-date with changes in the source file.