awk program is working, and all the strings have
been marked and you’ve set (and perhaps bound) the text domain,
it is time to produce translations.
First, use the --gen-pot command-line option to create
the initial .pot file:
gawk --gen-pot -f guide.awk > guide.pot
When run with --gen-pot,
gawk does not execute your
program. Instead, it parses it as usual and prints all marked strings
to standard output in the format of a GNU
gettext Portable Object
file. Also included in the output are any constant strings that
appear as the first argument to
dcgettext() or as the first and
second argument to
You should distribute the generated .pot file with
awk program; translators will eventually use it
to provide you translations that you can also then distribute.
See A Simple Internationalization Example
for the full list of steps to go through to create and test
xgettext utility that comes with GNU
gettext can handle .awk files.