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Manual Reference Pages  -  CURL_MPRINTF (3)

NAME

curl_maprintf, curl_mfprintf, curl_mprintf, curl_msnprintf, curl_msprintf curl_mvaprintf, curl_mvfprintf, curl_mvprintf, curl_mvsnprintf, curl_mvsprintf - formatted output conversion

CONTENTS

Synopsis
Description
Availability
Return Value

SYNOPSIS

#include <curl/mprintf.h>

int curl_mprintf(const char *format, ...);
int curl_mfprintf(FILE *fd, const char *format, ...);
int curl_msprintf(char *buffer, const char *format, ...);
int curl_msnprintf(char *buffer, size_t maxlength, const char *format, ...);
int curl_mvprintf(const char *format, va_list args);
int curl_mvfprintf(FILE *fd, const char *format, va_list args);
int curl_mvsprintf(char *buffer, const char *format, va_list args);
int curl_mvsnprintf(char *buffer, size_t maxlength, const char *format, va_list args);
char *curl_maprintf(const char *format, ...);
char *curl_mvaprintf(const char *format, va_list args);

DESCRIPTION

These are all functions that produce output according to a format string and given arguments. These are mostly clones of the well-known C-style functions and there will be no detailed explanation of all available formatting rules and usage here.

See this table for notable exceptions.

curl_mprintf()
  Normal printf() clone.
curl_mfprintf()
  Normal fprintf() clone.
curl_msprintf()
  Normal sprintf() clone.
curl_msnprintf()
  snprintf() clone. Many systems don’t have this. It is just like sprintf but with an extra argument after the buffer that specifies the length of the target buffer.
curl_mvprintf()
  Normal vprintf() clone.
curl_mvfprintf()
  Normal vfprintf() clone.
curl_mvsprintf()
  Normal vsprintf() clone.
curl_mvsnprintf()
  vsnprintf() clone. Many systems don’t have this. It is just like vsprintf but with an extra argument after the buffer that specifies the length of the target buffer.
curl_maprintf()
  Like printf() but returns the output string as a malloc()ed string. The returned string must be free()ed by the receiver.
curl_mvaprintf()
  Like curl_maprintf() but takes a va_list pointer argument instead of a variable amount of arguments.

To easily use all these cloned functions instead of the normal ones, #define _MPRINTF_REPLACE before you include the <curl/mprintf.h> file. Then all the normal names like printf, fprintf, sprintf etc will use the curl-functions instead.

AVAILABILITY

These function will be removed from the public libcurl API in a near future. They will instead be made "available" by source code access only, and then as curlx_-prefixed functions. See lib/README.curlx for further details.

RETURN VALUE

The curl_maprintf and curl_mvaprintf functions return a pointer to a newly allocated string, or NULL if it failed.

All other functions return the number of characters they actually outputted.

SEE ALSO

printf(3), sprintf(3), fprintf(3), vprintf(3)
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libcurl 7.12 CURL_PRINTF (3) 30 April 2004

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