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NAME

lsearch, lfind - linear search and append

CONTENTS

Library
Synopsis
Description
Return Values
See Also
Standards
History

LIBRARY


.Lb libc

SYNOPSIS


.In search.h "void *"
.Fo lsearch "const void *key" "void *base" "size_t *nelp" "size_t width" "int lp]*comparrp]lp]const void *, const void *rp]"
.Fc "void *"
.Fo lfind "const void *key" "const void *base" "size_t *nelp" "size_t width" "int lp]*comparrp]lp]const void *, const void *rp]"
.Fc

DESCRIPTION

The lsearch and lfind functions walk linearly through an array and compare each element with the one to be sought using a supplied comparison function.

The key argument points to an element that matches the one that is searched. The array’s address in memory is denoted by the base argument. The width of one element (i.e., the size as returned by sizeof) is passed as the width argument. The number of valid elements contained in the array (not the number of elements the array has space reserved for) is given in the integer pointed to by nelp. The compar argument points to a function which compares its two arguments and returns zero if they are matching, and non-zero otherwise.

If no matching element was found in the array, lsearch copies key into the position after the last element and increments the integer pointed to by nelp.

RETURN VALUES

The lsearch and lfind functions return a pointer to the first element found. If no element was found, lsearch returns a pointer to the newly added element, whereas lfind returns NULL. Both functions return NULL if an error occurs.

SEE ALSO

bsearch(3), hsearch(3), tsearch(3)

STANDARDS

HISTORY


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