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.
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://bugzilla.gnome.org (product name "intltool") or
send email to <xml-i18n-toolsATgnome.org>.
Darin Adler <darinATbentspoon.com>
Kenneth Christiansen <kennethATgnu.org>
Maciej Stachowiak <mjsATeazel.com>
intltoolize(8), intltool-update(8), intltool-extract(8), intltool-
intltool 2003-08-02 INTLTOOL-PREPARE(8)