make_services(1) generate GNUstep services info


make_services [--test filename ] [--verbose|--quiet]


make_services builds a validated cache of service information for use by programs that want to access the GNUstep services facility. Additionally, it builds a list of applications and service bundles found in the standard directories. This cache is usually stored in the file named .GNUstepServices in the user's GNUstep directory.

Most commonly, make_services is called from within the or GNUstep.csh script to update the service information everytime the GNUstep environmet is set up, i.e. in a login script. But of course it is possible to run make_services from the command line whenever you wish, for example after having installed a new application or service.

The Services menu in an application's mainmenu is usually updated automatically. However, it may be necessary to close an open or torn off menu for the changes to appear. Also, the workspace manager may have to be closed and restarted for file association changes to take effect.


--test filename
check that property list filename
contains a valid service information.
suppress warnings (not recommended but useful in login scripts).
give verbose output.
show small help screen.


Simply rebuild the cache of service information:


Check whether the file ServiceInfo.plist contains a valid service description:

make_services --test ServiceInfo.plist


Giving both --quiet and --verbose on the command line will result in verbose output, ignoring the --quiet argument.


Work on make_services started November 1998.

This manual page was first written October 2003.


make_services was written by Richard Frith-Macdonald <[email protected]>.

This man page was written by Martin Brecher <[email protected]>.