MBSTOWCS

Section: Linux Programmer's Manual (3)
Updated: 1999-07-25
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NAME

mbstowcs - convert a multibyte string to a wide character string  

SYNOPSIS

#include <stdlib.h>

size_t mbstowcs(wchar_t *dest, const char *src, size_t n);
 

DESCRIPTION

If dest is not a NULL pointer, the mbstowcs() function converts the multibyte string src to a wide-character string starting at dest. At most n wide characters are written to dest. The conversion starts in the initial state. The conversion can stop for three reasons:

1. An invalid multibyte sequence has been encountered. In this case (size_t)(-1) is returned.

2. n non-L'\0' wide characters have been stored at dest. In this case the number of wide characters written to dest is returned, but the shift state at this point is lost.

3. The multibyte string has been completely converted, including the terminating '\0'. In this case the number of wide characters written to dest, excluding the terminating L'\0' character, is returned.

The programmer must ensure that there is room for at least n wide characters at dest.

If dest is NULL, n is ignored, and the conversion proceeds as above, except that the converted wide characters are not written out to memory, and that no length limit exists.

In order to avoid the case 2 above, the programmer should make sure n is greater or equal to mbstowcs(NULL,src,0)+1.  

RETURN VALUE

The mbstowcs() function returns the number of wide characters that make up the converted part of the wide character string, not including the terminating null wide character. If an invalid multibyte sequence was encountered, (size_t)(-1) is returned.  

CONFORMING TO

C99  

SEE ALSO

mbsrtowcs(3)  

NOTES

The behaviour of mbstowcs() depends on the LC_CTYPE category of the current locale.

The function mbsrtowcs() provides a better interface to the same functionality.


 

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