5.22. Gettext-

The Gettext package contains utilities for internationalization and localization. These allow programs to be compiled with NLS (Native Language Support), enabling them to output messages in the user's native language.

Approximate build time: 0.8 SBU
Required disk space: 82 MB

5.22.1. Installation of Gettext

For our temporary set of tools, we only need to build and install one binary from Gettext.

Prepare Gettext for compilation:

cd gettext-tools
EMACS="no" ./configure --prefix=/tools --disable-shared

The meaning of the configure option:


This prevents the configure script from determining where to install Emacs Lisp files as the test is known to hang on some hosts.


We do not need to install any of the shared Gettext libraries at this time, therefore there is no need to build them.

Compile the package:

make -C gnulib-lib
make -C src msgfmt

As only one binary has been compiled, it is not possible to run the test suite without compiling additional support libraries from the Gettext package. It is therefore not recommended to attempt to run the test suite at this stage.

Install the msgfmt binary:

cp -v src/msgfmt /tools/bin

Details on this package are located in Section 6.42.2, “Contents of Gettext.”