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intltool-prepare (8)


intltool-prepare - Prepare software to make use of intltool


intltool-prepare [option] [KEYWORD]...


INTLTOOL-PREPARE(8)         System Manager's Manual        INTLTOOL-PREPARE(8)

       intltool-prepare - Prepare software to make use of intltool

       intltool-prepare [option] [KEYWORD]...

       For  software  packages that include some specific type of translatable
       files (such as .desktop and .soundlist), before they make use of  intl-
       tool,  translators  have  to dig through them one by one, and add their
       localization into each file. This process is error prone, since  trans-
       lators  may  include  typing errors, or add their localization in wrong
       encoding. Besides, translators may not alwas know other  files  (beside
       .po files) are translatable.

       intltool  avoids  all  the  problems above by extracting strings inside
       those translatable files into po template (.pot) file. All  translators
       need  to care about is just translating po files. Afterwards, intltool-
       merge(8) will merge localized strings into those files.

       Before your software becomes intltool-aware, a few issues  have  to  be
       sorted  out,  and  intltool-prepare  tries to take care of all of them.
       intltool-prepare will:

       o Extract all localized strings  in  .desktop  style  files  (including
         ".desktop",  ".soundlist", ".keys" and ".directory") into correspond-
         ing po files.

       o Convert the translatable files into templates that don't contain  any

       o Add the list of template files above into POTFILES.in.

       o Add  the  list  of old translatable files into .cvsignore (since they
         will be generated by intltool later).

       o Add the rules for generating these files into Makefile.am.

       NOTE: You must change working directory to the top level source  direc-
       tory before running intltool-prepare.

       KEYWORD  is  a list of additional keywords beside "Name", "Comment" and
       "description". intltool-prepare will recognize any line  starting  with
       those KEYWORD and extract localized strings after equal sign ("=").

           Be verbose to give user additional feedback.

           Show version information.
           Show usage and basic help information.

       Report bugs to http://bugs.launchpad.net/intltool

       Darin Adler <darin@bentspoon.com>
       Kenneth Christiansen <kenneth@gnu.org>
       Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@eazel.com>

       See attributes(7) for descriptions of the following attributes:

       |Availability   | developer/intltool |
       |Stability      | Volatile           |
SEE ALSO---------------+--------------------+
       intltoolize(8),   intltool-update(8),   intltool-extract(8),  intltool-

       This    software    was    built    from    source     available     at
       https://github.com/oracle/solaris-userland.    The  original  community
       source     was     downloaded     from      https://launchpad.net/intl-

       Further information about this software can be found on the open source
       community website at http://freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/intltool/.

intltool                          2003-08-02               INTLTOOL-PREPARE(8)