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
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
Specifies that the input file specified is ASCII. This is the
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
-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
-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.
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