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NAME         top

       newlocale — create or modify a locale object

SYNOPSIS         top

       #include <locale.h>

       locale_t newlocale(int category_mask, const char *locale,
           locale_t base);

DESCRIPTION         top

       The newlocale() function shall create a new locale object or modify
       an existing one.  If the base argument is (locale_t)0, a new locale
       object shall be created. It is unspecified whether the locale object
       pointed to by base shall be modified, or freed and a new locale
       object created.

       The category_mask argument specifies the locale categories to be set
       or modified.  Values for category_mask shall be constructed by a
       bitwise-inclusive OR of the symbolic constants LC_CTYPE_MASK,
       LC_MESSAGES_MASK, or any of the other implementation-defined
       LC_*_MASK values defined in <locale.h>.

       For each category with the corresponding bit set in category_mask the
       data from the locale named by locale shall be used. In the case of
       modifying an existing locale object, the data from the locale named
       by locale shall replace the existing data within the locale object.
       If a completely new locale object is created, the data for all
       sections not requested by category_mask shall be taken from the
       default locale.

       The following preset values of locale are defined for all settings of

       "POSIX"     Specifies the minimal environment for C-language
                   translation called the POSIX locale.

       "C"         Equivalent to "POSIX".

       ""          Specifies an implementation-defined native environment.
                   This corresponds to the value of the associated
                   environment variables, LC_* and LANG; see the Base
                   Definitions volume of POSIX.1‐2008, Chapter 7, Locale and
                   Chapter 8, Environment Variables.

       If the base argument is not (locale_t)0 and the newlocale() function
       call succeeds, the contents of base are unspecified. Applications
       shall ensure that they stop using base as a locale object before
       calling newlocale().  If the function call fails and the base
       argument is not (locale_t)0, the contents of base shall remain valid
       and unchanged.

       The behavior is undefined if the base argument is the special locale
       object LC_GLOBAL_LOCALE, or is not a valid locale object handle and
       is not (locale_t)0.

RETURN VALUE         top

       Upon successful completion, the newlocale() function shall return a
       handle which the caller may use on subsequent calls to duplocale(),
       freelocale(), and other functions taking a locale_t argument.

       Upon failure, the newlocale() function shall return (locale_t)0 and
       set errno to indicate the error.

ERRORS         top

       The newlocale() function shall fail if:

       ENOMEM There is not enough memory available to create the locale
              object or load the locale data.

       EINVAL The category_mask contains a bit that does not correspond to a
              valid category.

       ENOENT For any of the categories in category_mask, the locale data is
              not available.

       The newlocale() function may fail if:

       EINVAL The locale argument is not a valid string pointer.

       The following sections are informative.

EXAMPLES         top

   Constructing a Locale Object from Different Locales
       The following example shows the construction of a locale where the
       LC_CTYPE category data comes from a locale loc1 and the LC_TIME
       category data from a locale tok2:

           #include <locale.h>
           locale_t loc, new_loc;

           /* Get the "loc1" data. */

           loc = newlocale (LC_CTYPE_MASK, "loc1", (locale_t)0);
           if (loc == (locale_t) 0)
               abort ();

           /* Get the "loc2" data. */

           new_loc = newlocale (LC_TIME_MASK, "loc2", loc);
           if (new_loc != (locale_t) 0)
               /* We don t abort if this fails. In this case this
                  simply used to unchanged locale object. */
               loc = new_loc;


   Freeing up a Locale Object
       The following example shows a code fragment to free a locale object
       created by newlocale():

           #include <locale.h>

           /* Every locale object allocated with newlocale() should be
            * freed using freelocale():

           locale_t loc;

           /* Get the locale. */

           loc = newlocale (LC_CTYPE_MASK | LC_TIME_MASK, "locname", (locale_t)0);

           /* ... Use the locale object ... */

           /* Free the locale object resources. */
           freelocale (loc);


       Handles for locale objects created by the newlocale() function should
       either be released by a corresponding call to freelocale(), or be
       used as a base locale to another newlocale() call.

       The special locale object LC_GLOBAL_LOCALE must not be passed for the
       base argument, even when returned by the uselocale() function.

RATIONALE         top




SEE ALSO         top

       duplocale(3p), freelocale(3p), uselocale(3p)

       The Base Definitions volume of POSIX.1‐2008, Chapter 7, Locale,
       Chapter 8, Environment Variables, locale.h(0p)

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       Technology -- Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX), The Open
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