Gettext note

Dagmar d'Surreal (
Fri, 16 Oct 1998 18:27:13 -0500 (CDT)

After mentioning the shopping lists on gnome and enlightenment's sites, I
remembered one thing (which mainly has to do with internationalization
stuff) which might cause some people some grief.

Gettext is one of the libraries that gnome/gtk/glib uses which provides
support for furrin languages.  It's also hinted at when you see
--disable-nls in the ./configure --help output (USE ./configure --help if
you're having problems!) and when you see things explode from lack of
intl/* files.  Gettext-0.10 has compiled and installed without a glitch on
a dozen systems for me lately, and is available from,
but if you didn't already have it installed there is an extra switch you
MUST pass to ./configure which is mentioned in the gettext README file.
Don't fret about trying to rebuild the pod file or whatever a second time
if you speak english.  (If you don't speak english, I don't know how to
rebuild it, so please don't email me.)  Just do the configure with the
extra switch, and then zap it all into place with `make && make install`
and get on with your life.

(Don't forget `ldconfig -v` afterwards!)