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NAME

mblen - get number of bytes in a character

CONTENTS

Library
Synopsis
Description
Return Values
Errors
See Also
Standards

LIBRARY


.Lb libc

SYNOPSIS


.In stdlib.h int mblen "const char *mbchar" "size_t nbytes"

DESCRIPTION

The mblen function computes the length in bytes of a multibyte character mbchar according to the current conversion state. Up to nbytes bytes are examined.

A call with a null mbchar pointer returns nonzero if the current locale requires shift states, zero otherwise; if shift states are required, the shift state is reset to the initial state.

RETURN VALUES

If mbchar is NULL, the mblen function returns nonzero if shift states are supported, zero otherwise.

Otherwise, if mbchar is not a null pointer, mblen either returns 0 if mbchar represents the null wide character, or returns the number of bytes processed in mbchar, or returns -1 if no multibyte character could be recognized or converted. In this case, mblen ’s internal conversion state is undefined.

ERRORS

The mblen function will fail if:
[EILSEQ]
An invalid multibyte sequence was detected.
[EINVAL]
The internal conversion state is not valid.

SEE ALSO

mbrlen(3), mbtowc(3), multibyte(3)

STANDARDS


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