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NGETTEXT(3)		   Library Functions Manual		   NGETTEXT(3)

NAME
       ngettext,  dngettext,  dcngettext - translate message and choose	plural
       form

SYNOPSIS
       #include	<libintl.h>

       char * ngettext (const char * msgid, const char * msgid_plural,
			unsigned long int n);
       char * dngettext	(const char * domainname,
			 const char * msgid, const char	* msgid_plural,
			 unsigned long int n);
       char * dcngettext (const	char * domainname,
			  const	char * msgid, const char * msgid_plural,
			  unsigned long	int n, int category);

DESCRIPTION
       The ngettext, dngettext and dcngettext functions	attempt	to translate a
       text  string  into the user's native language, by looking up the	appro-
       priate plural form of the translation in	a message catalog.

       Plural forms are	grammatical variants depending on the a	 number.  Some
       languages  have	two forms, called singular and plural. Other languages
       have three forms, called	singular, dual and plural. There are also lan-
       guages with four	forms.

       The ngettext, dngettext and dcngettext functions	work like the gettext,
       dgettext	and dcgettext  functions,  respectively.   Additionally,  they
       choose  the  appropriate	plural form, which depends on the number n and
       the language of the message catalog where the translation was found.

       In the "C" locale, or if	none of	the used catalogs contain  a  transla-
       tion for	msgid, the ngettext, dngettext and dcngettext functions	return
       msgid if	n == 1,	or msgid_plural	if n !=	1.

RETURN VALUE
       If a translation	was found in one of the	specified catalogs, the	appro-
       priate  plural  form is converted to the	locale's codeset and returned.
       The resulting string is statically allocated and	must not  be  modified
       or  freed.  Otherwise  msgid  or	msgid_plural is	returned, as described
       above.

ERRORS
       errno is	not modified.

BUGS
       The return type ought to	be const char *, but is	char * to avoid	 warn-
       ings in C code predating	ANSI C.

SEE ALSO
       gettext(3), dgettext(3),	dcgettext(3)

GNU gettext 0.20.1.124-32cf	   May 2001			   NGETTEXT(3)

NAME | SYNOPSIS | DESCRIPTION | RETURN VALUE | ERRORS | BUGS | SEE ALSO

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