KDOC -- Programmers' Documentation Extraction and Generation Tool


KDOC -- Programmers' Documentation Extraction and Generation Tool


        kdoc [-DqpieaP] [-f format] [-n libname] [-d outdir] [-u url] [-l lib]
        kdoc [--help]
        kdoc [--version]


KDOC uses specially formatted comments in your C++ headers and CORBA IDL files to create cross-referenced documentation in various formats.

KDOC can also correctly handle ``signal'' and ``slot'' specifiers as used by the Qt GUI Toolkit.


        kdoc -f html -d /home/web/komdoc -n kom *.idl
        kdoc -d /home/web/kdecore 
                -u "http://www.mydomain/kdecore/"; 
                -n kdecore ~/kdelibs/kdecore/*.h -lqt


--stdin, -i
Read the filenames to process from standard input. Ignored if filenames are specified at the command line.

--format <string>, -f <string>
Generate output in the specific format. This can be used many times to generate documentation in multiple formats. The default format is ``html''.

See the OUTPUT FORMATS section for a list of available formats.

--outputdir <path>, -d <path>
Write output in the specified path.

--url <url>, -u <url>
The URL which will be used for links when cross-referencing with this library.

--name <string>, -n <string>
Set the name of the library being processed, eg ``kdecore'' If no name is set, no index file is produced.

--xref <library>, -l <library>
Cross-reference with the specified library. This will allow referencing of classes etc that exist in the linked library. This option can be specified multiple times.

For linking to work, you need to have generated documentation for the linked library with kdoc, so that the necessary index file is produced.

--libdir <path>, -L <path>
Set the directory that will be used to store the index files generated for cross-referencing. This is also used to search for index files for xref. The default is $HOME/.kdoc.

If multiple paths are specified, each will be searched in order of specification on the command line.

Unless --liboutdir is specified (see below), the generated .kdoc file will be written to the first path specified with this option.

--liboutdir <path>
Set the directory where newly created xref libraries (see above) will be written. The default is the libdir.

--compress, -z
Compress generated KDOC index files with gzip to save space.

--private, -p
Document all private members. These are not documented by default.

--skip-internal, -i
Do not document internal members. They are documented as internal by default.

--skip-deprecated, -e
Do not document deprecated members. They are documented as deprecated by default.

Strip the path from the filenames in the output.


--cpp, -P
Pass each source file through the C preprocessor. Currently g++ is required for this, but this requirement will change before 2.0. Directories for inclusion in the preprocessor header search path can be specified via the -I option.

Parse files that are included by the preprocessor #include macro. This is off by default.

-cppcmd <command>, -C <command>
Specify the preprocessor command that will be used. The default is:
        g++ -Wp,-C -E

All specified -I paths will be appended to the command. This option quietly enables the -P option.

--includedir <path>, -I <path>
Add a directory to the preprocessor's header search paths. Requires the -P option. This option can be specified multiple times.


Output documentation in HTML format. This is the default.

Output documentation as a LaTeX document.

Output documentation as man pages.

Output documentation in texinfo format. You must set the library name with the -n option for the output to be generated.

Output documentation in the DocBook SGML format. You must set the library name with the -n option for the output to be generated.

Print a report about the documentation, eg undocumented classes and functions.


--html-css <url>
In HTML format, the stylesheet specified by this option will be used by the generated documentation.

--html-cols <1, 2 ..>
In HTML format, set the number of columns for the Class Index.

--html-logo <image url>
In HTML format, specify the logo image to display on every page. It will appear to the left of the quick links.



Extensions .kdoc and .kdoc.gz
These are files that contain information about a library that has been processed with kdoc. It is read for cross-referencing with other libraries when the -l option is used.

The .gz extension signifies gzipped cross-reference files. kdoc is capable of reading these, and generates them when the -z option is used.


If this is set, it is used as the default for the directory where generated cross-reference index files are saved. See also the --libdir option.


See qt2kdoc for info on linking with the Qt docs, and makekdedoc for info on generating documentation for the KDE libraries.


Lots and Lots. Please send reports to the address kdoc@kde.org.


Sirtaj Singh Kang <taj@kde.org>. KDOC has a web page at:


The KDOC tool is Copyright (c) 1998 by Sirtaj Singh Kang. KDOC is free software under the conditions of the GNU Public License.

 KDOC -- Programmers' Documentation Extraction and Generation Tool