WINDMC(1)                   GNU Development Tools                  WINDMC(1)

NAME         top

       windmc - generates Windows message resources.

SYNOPSIS         top

       windmc [options] input-file

DESCRIPTION         top

       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.

           A resource file compilable by the windres tool.

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

           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

OPTIONS         top

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

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

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

           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.

           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.

       -h path
       --headerdir path
           The target directory of the generated header file. The default is
           the current directory.

           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.

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

           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.

           Specifies that the input file is UTF16.

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

           Enable verbose mode.

           Prints the version number for windmc.

       -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.

           Read command-line options from file.  The options read are
           inserted in place of the original @file option.  If file does not
           exist, or cannot be read, then the option will be treated
           literally, and not removed.

           Options in file are separated by whitespace.  A whitespace
           character may be included in an option by surrounding the entire
           option in either single or double quotes.  Any character
           (including a backslash) may be included by prefixing the
           character to be included with a backslash.  The file may itself
           contain additional @file options; any such options will be
           processed recursively.

SEE ALSO         top

       the Info entries for binutils.

COPYRIGHT         top

       Copyright (c) 1991-2018 Free Software Foundation, Inc.

       Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document
       under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.3 or
       any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no
       Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover
       Texts.  A copy of the license is included in the section entitled
       "GNU Free Documentation License".

COLOPHON         top

       This page is part of the binutils (a collection of tools for working
       with executable binaries) project.  Information about the project can
       be found at ⟨⟩.  If you have a
       bug report for this manual page, see
       This page was obtained from the tarball binutils-2.31.1.tar.gz
       fetched from ⟨⟩ on 2018-10-29.  If
       you discover any rendering problems in this HTML version of the page,
       or you believe there is a better or more up-to-date source for the
       page, or you have corrections or improvements to the information in
       this COLOPHON (which is not part of the original manual page), send a
       mail to

binutils-2.30.90                 2018-07-09                        WINDMC(1)