xgettext.pl - Extract translatable strings from source
xgettext.pl [OPTION] [INPUTFILE]...
This program extracts translatable strings from given input files, or from STDIN if none are given.
Please see Locale::Maketext::Extract for a list of supported input file formats.
Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too. Similarly for optional arguments.
Files to extract messages from. If not specified, STDIN is assumed.
Get list of input files from FILE.
Add DIRECTORY to list for input files search.
Specifies that the source programs uses the Gettext style (e.g.
%1) instead of the Maketext style (e.g.
[_1]) in its localization calls.
Use NAME.po for output,
PO file name to be written or incrementally updated;
- means writing to STDOUT.
Output files will be placed in directory DIR.
Enables GNU gettext interoperability by printing
perl-maketext-format before each entry that has
If wrap is enabled, then, for entries with multiple file locations, each location is listed on a separate line. The default is to put them all on a single line.
Other comments are not affected.
By default, all builtin parser plugins are enabled for all file types, with warnings turned off.
If any plugin is specified on the command line,
then warnings are turned on by default - you can turn them off with
Use the specified plugin for the default file types recognised by that plugin.
Use the specified plugin for all file types.
Use the specified plugin for any files ending in C<.ext> or C<.ext2>
Use your custom plugin module for all file types
Multiple plugins can be specified on the command line.
For a slightly more accurate but much slower Perl parser, you can use the PPI plugin. This does not have a short name, but must be specified in full, eg:
xgettext.pl -P Locale::Maketext::Extract::Plugin::PPI
If a parser plugin encounters a syntax error while parsing, it will abort parsing and hand over to the next parser plugin. If warnings are turned on then the error will be echoed to STDERR.
Off by default, unless any plugin has been specified on the command line.
If you would like to see which files have been processed, which plugins were used, and which strings were extracted, then enable
verbose. If no acceptable plugin was found, or no strings were extracted, then the file is not listed:
Lists processed files.
Lists processed files and which plugins managed to extract strings.
Lists processed files, which plugins managed to extract strings, and the extracted strings, the line where they were found, and any variables.
Audrey Tang <email@example.com>
Copyright 2002-2008 by Audrey Tang <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
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