fixincludes man page

fixincludes ā€” Reduce the number of #includes in KDE source files


fixincludes [-v, --verbose] [-e, --experimental] [-m, --modify] [file] [--help]


fixincludes tries to reduce the number of #includes in C++ source files. Much of it's processing is specific to KDE sources and so it might not work so well with sources for non-KDE applications.

The following problems are identified by fixincludes:

There is also an experimental mode which tries removing each #include one at a time (with a few exceptions) to see whether the source still compiles. Note that this experimental mode will modify the original sources.

By default the sources will not be modified; the identified problems will simply be written to standard output.

The list of C++ sources to examine should be given on the command-line. If no files are given, all C++ sources in or beneath the current directory will be examined (with the exception of directories whose contains -UQT_NO_COMPAT or -UKDE_NO_COMPAT)

This utility is part of the KDE Software Development Kit.


-v, --verbose

Verbose mode. Additional debugging output is written to standard output.

-e, --experimental

Experimental mode, as described above in detail. Note that this option implies --modify.

-m, --modify

As well as writing messages to standard output, actually modify the original sources to fix any problems that were found.


fixincludes was written by Dirk Mueller <>.


Ben Burton <>



April 7, 2003 [FIXME: source] [FIXME: manual]