genstrings(1) BSD General Commands Manual genstrings(1)
genstrings -- generate string table from source code
genstrings [-a] [-s <routine>] [-skipTable <Table>] [-noPositionalParameters] [-bigEndian | -littleEndian] [-u] [-macRoman] [-q] [-o <outputDir>] file ...
The genstrings utility generates a .strings file(s) from the C or Objec- tive-C (.c or .m) source code file(s) given as the argument(s). A .strings file is used for localizing an application for different lan- guages, as described under "Internationalization" in the Cocoa Developer Documentation. * C and Objective-C: Source lines containing text of the form NSLocalizedString("key", com- ment) or CFCopyLocalizedString("key", comment) will generate an appropri- ate string table entry to a file named Localizable.strings. Source lines containing NSLocalizedStringFromTable("key", Table, comment) or CFCopyLocalizedStringFromTable("key", Table, comment) will generate an appropriate string table entry in a file named Table.strings. Source lines with NSLocalizedStringFromTableInBundle("key", Table, bun- dle, comment) or CFCopyLocalizedStringFromTableInBundle("key", Table, bundle, comment) will generate an appropriate string table entry in Ta- ble.strings. Source lines with NSLocalizedStringWithDefaultValue("key", Table, bundle, "value", comment) or CFCopyLocalizedStringWithDefaultValue("key", Table, bundle, "value", comment) will generate an appropriate string table entry in Table.strings. * Format Strings and Positional Parameters: Keys and values of string file entries can include formatting characters. For value strings with multiple formatting arguments, positional parame- ters are generated. These allow the order of arguments to be changed as needed by each localization (e.g. "File %1$@ contains %2$d bytes." could become "%2$d bytes are contained in file %1$@." in another localization). * Encoding: By default, genstrings will read UTF-8 encoded source files and source files with no non-ASCII characters. Mac Roman encoded files that contain non-ASCII characters will not be read successfully unless the -macRoman compatibility flag is used. Developers are strongly encouraged to move to UTF-8 as the encoding for source files as the -macRoman option may be removed in future versions. Embedded non-ASCII characters in UTF-8 files, as well as non-ASCII char- acters specified by the escape sequences \uxxxx and \Uxxxxxxxx are read automatically by genstrings. The -u option and genstrings-specific escape sequence are also supported. Generated .strings files are UTF-16 encoded. Host endianness is used unless the -bigEndian or -littleEndian option is specified. The endian options do not affect .strings files being appended to with the -a option. The byte order of the existing file is maintained.
-a Allows the output to be appended to the old output files. However, -a causes the results to be appended to the end of the old file and not merged. -s routine Substitutes routine for NSLocalizedString. For example, -s MyLocal- String will catch calls to MyLocalString and MyLocalStringFromTable. -skipTable Table Causes genstrings to skip over the file for Table. Note that any entries in this table will not be generated. -noPositionalParameters Turns off generation of positional parameters. -u Allow unicode characters in the value of strings files. Any occur- rence of \\Uxxxx (where xxxx are four hex digits) in the source code will be written to the strings file with its Unicode value (in terms of \\Uxxxx) for the key, but the actual Unicode value for its value. For Example, CFCopyLocalizedString(CFSTR("AB\\U0043D"), "Comment") will result in the key/value pair "AB\\U0043D" = "ABCD". Note that non-ASCII characters can now be handled automatically with- out this option. See 'Encoding' section above for details. -macRoman For compatibility, read source files using Mac Roman encoding. See 'Encoding' section above for details. -q Turns off multiple key/value pairs warning -o outputDir Specifies what directory the tables should be created in. Mac OS X May 7, 2007 Mac OS X
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