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CATGETS(3)              Linux Programmer's Manual             CATGETS(3)

NAME         top

       catgets - get message from a message catalog

SYNOPSIS         top

       #include <nl_types.h>

       char *catgets(nl_catd catalog, int set_number, int message_number,
                     const char *message);

DESCRIPTION         top

       catgets() reads the message message_number, in set set_number,
       from the message catalog identified by catalog, where catalog is
       a catalog descriptor returned from an earlier call to catopen(3).
       The fourth argument, message, points to a default message string
       which will be returned by catgets() if the identified message
       catalog is not currently available.  The message-text is
       contained in an internal buffer area and should be copied by the
       application if it is to be saved or modified.  The return string
       is always terminated with a null byte ('\0').

RETURN VALUE         top

       On success, catgets() returns a pointer to an internal buffer
       area containing the null-terminated message string.  On failure,
       catgets() returns the value message.

ATTRIBUTES         top

       For an explanation of the terms used in this section, see

       │Interface                             Attribute     Value   │
       │catgets()                             │ Thread safety │ MT-Safe │

CONFORMING TO         top

       POSIX.1-2001, POSIX.1-2008.

NOTES         top

       The catgets() function is available only in and
       above.  The Jan 1987 X/Open Portability Guide specifies a more
       subtle error return: message is returned if the message catalog
       specified by catalog is not available, while an empty string is
       returned when the message catalog is available but does not
       contain the specified message.  These two possible error returns
       seem to be discarded in SUSv2 in favor of always returning

SEE ALSO         top

       catopen(3), setlocale(3)

COLOPHON         top

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