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12. windmc

windmc may be used to generator Windows message resources.

Warning: windmc is not always built as part of the binary utilities, since it is only useful for Windows targets.

 
windmc [options] input-file

windmc reads message definitions from an input file (.mc) and translate them into a set of output files. The output files may be of four kinds:

h

A C header file containing the message definitions.

rc

A resource file compilable by the windres tool.

bin

One or more binary files containing the resource data for a specific message language.

dbg

A C include file that maps message id's to their symbolic name.

The exact description of these different formats is available in documentation from Microsoft.

When windmc converts from the mc format to the bin format, rc, h, and optional dbg it is acting like the Windows Message Compiler.

-a
--ascii_in

Specifies that the input file specified is ANSI. This is the default behaviour.

-A
--ascii_out

Specifies that messages in the output bin files should be in ANSI format.

-b
--binprefix

Specifies that bin filenames should have to be prefixed by the basename of the source file.

-c
--customflag

Sets the customer bit in all message id's.

-C codepage
--codepage_in codepage

Sets the default codepage to be used to convert input file to UTF16. The default is ocdepage 1252.

-d
--decimal_values

Outputs the constants in the header file in decimal. Default is using hexadecimal output.

-e ext
--extension ext

The extension for the header file. The default is .h extension.

-F target
--target target

Specify the BFD format to use for a bin file as output. This is a BFD target name; you can use the ‘--help’ option to see a list of supported targets. Normally windmc will use the default format, which is the first one listed by the ‘--help’ option. Target Selection.

-h path
--headerdir path

The target directory of the generated header file. The default is the current directory.

-H
--help

Displays a list of command line options and then exits.

-m characters
--maxlength characters

Instructs windmc to generate a warning if the length of any message exceeds the number specified.

-n
--nullterminate

Terminate message text in bin files by zero. By default they are terminated by CR/LF.

-o
--hresult_use

Not yet implemented. Instructs windmc to generate an OLE2 header file, using HRESULT definitions. Status codes are used if the flag is not specified.

-O codepage
--codepage_out codepage

Sets the default codepage to be used to output text files. The default is ocdepage 1252.

-r path
--rcdir path

The target directory for the generated rc script and the generated bin files that the resource compiler script includes. The default is the current directory.

-u
--unicode_in

Specifies that the input file is UTF16.

-U
--unicode_out

Specifies that messages in the output bin file should be in UTF16 format. This is the default behaviour.

-v
--verbose

Enable verbose mode. This tells you what the preprocessor is if you didn't specify one.

-V
--version

Prints the version number for windres.

-x path
--xdgb path

The path of the dbg C include file that maps message id's to the symbolic name. No such file is generated without specifying the switch.


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