intltool-extract(8) generate header files which can be read by gettext


intltool-extract [options]... SOURCE_FILE


intltool-extract extracts strings in the specified XML/INI type SOURCE_FILE and writes them into a C header file. Then xgettext(1) can merge these strings inside header file into po template.

intltool-extract is usually not executed manually, but called from intltool-update(8) instead.


Creates a subdirectory under current working directory (named "tmp/") and writes files there. This option can't be used with --update option.
Writes header file into the same directory the source file is in. New file name is the source file name appending ".h" extension. This option can't be used with -l/--local option. Besides, this option is the default option if neither --local nor --update is specified.
Specify the type of source file. Currently supported types are:
"gettext/glade" (.glade, .glade2)
"gettext/gsettings" (.gschema.xml)
"gettext/ini" (Generic INI file)
"gettext/keys" (.keys)
"gettext/rfc822deb" (RFC 822 format file)
"gettext/quoted" (all strings within "")
"gettext/schemas" (.schemas)
"gettext/scheme" (.scm)
"gettext/xml" (Generic XML file)
"gettext/qtdesigner" (Qt Designer .ui files)
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Darin Adler <[email protected]>
Kenneth Christiansen <[email protected]>
Maciej Stachowiak <[email protected]>