Merge existing translations from an old translation file to a new one as well as fill any missing translations from translation memory via fuzzy matching.
This functionality used to be part of pot2po and corresponds to “msgmerge” from the gettext package.
pretranslate works on PO and XLIFF files.
pretranslate [options] <input> <output>
|<input>||is the translation file or directory to be pretranslated|
|<output>||is the translation file or a directory where the pretranslated version will be stored|
|--version||show program's version number and exit|
|-h, --help||show this help message and exit|
|--manpage||output a manpage based on the help|
|--progress=PROGRESS||show progress as: dots, none, bar, names, verbose|
|--errorlevel=ERRORLEVEL||show errorlevel as: none, message, exception, traceback|
|-iINPUT, --input=INPUT||read from INPUT in pot format|
|-xEXCLUDE, --exclude=EXCLUDE||exclude names matching EXCLUDE from input paths|
|-oOUTPUT, --output=OUTPUT||write to OUTPUT in po, pot formats|
|-tTEMPLATE, --template=TEMPLATE||read old translations from TEMPLATE|
|--psyco=MODE||use psyco to speed up the operation, modes: none, full, profile|
|--tm=TM||The file to use as translation memory when fuzzy matching|
|-sMIN_SIMILARITY, --similarity=MIN_SIMILARITY||The minimum similarity for inclusion (default: 75%)|
|--nofuzzymatching||Disable all fuzzy matching|
pretranslate -t zu-1.0.1 -tm zu_tm.po zu-2.0.2 zu-2.0.2-translated
Here we are pretranslating the PO or XLIFF files in zu-2.0.2 using the old translations in zu-1.0.1 and fuzzy matches from the zu_tm.po compendium. the result is stored in zu-2.0.2-translate
unlike pot2po pretranslate will not change anything in the input file except merge translations, no reordering or changes to headers.
It helps to understand when and how pretranslate will merge. The default is to follow msgmerge's behaviour but we add some extra features with fuzzy matching:
Fuzzy matches are usually of good quality. Installation of the python-Levenshtein package will speed up fuzzy matching. Without this a Python based matcher is used which is considerably slower.
Install psyco for additional speedup (it is used by most toolkit tools if it is installed.)