Build PDFs

You can build:

What is a Localized PDF?

At this time, it is a pdf built from:

Note: Updating the pot file from main.tex is done manually on an as needed basis by maintainers. po files will be exported from Launchpad translations to trunk (thanks to Ubuntu Translators) and should not be modified.

What is a non-Localized PDF?

It is a pdf built from the the source tex file with no translations applied.


a paragraph
\screenshot{file.png}{ss:filereflable}{My Caption}
another paragraph

Build Non-Localized PDF

Just run make in the root directory, as in:


This produces main.pdf.

Build Localized PDF(s)


  1. LINGUAS file in root directory must contain the target locale code.

    • Note: For clarity, let's keep this with one locale per line and in alphabetical order.

  2. po/ must contain a po file for the target locale code.

    • Note: It is probably best that no one create po files and commit them to trunk. The plan is that po files will be exported to trunk (through Launchpad) based on the work of Ubuntu Translators.

The following requirements are met, if possible, by the langs_pdf script (see below).

  1. If building for publication, you must have the images-<lingua> branch for each target lingua as a sibling directory to your trunk directory, if it exists. For example, for French:

  2. If building for writing purposes, you must have the images-draft branch as a sibling directory:

Build All Target Lingua PDFs

Build PDFs for all configured target locales as follows.

  1. Be in trunk's root directory
  2. Create all PDFs:
    • ./lang_pdfs



For example, the generated French pdf filename is: main-fr.pdf (because the LINGUAS file contains "fr" and the po/fr.po exists).

Build A Single Lingua PDF

In this case, we execute make and also specify the make target (langpdf). We also must pass a LANG=<lingua> argument to specify the language we want.

For example, to build a Spanish pdf:

make langpdf LANG=es

This generates: main-es.pdf

Note: One must first build the non-localized pdf with make at least once in a pristine branch.

DesktopTeam/10.10/DeveloperManual/BuildPDFs (last edited 2011-01-11 22:17:14 by c-24-91-83-115)