gd_add_alias man page

gd_add_alias, gd_madd_alias — add a field to a dirfile


#include <getdata.h>

int gd_add_alias(DIRFILE *dirfile, const char *alias_name, const char *target_code, int fragment_index);

int gd_madd_alias(DIRFILE *dirfile, const char *parent, const char *alias_name, const char *target_code);


The gd_add_alias() function adds the alias named alias_name pointing to target_code to the fragment indexed by fragment_index in the dirfile specified by dirfile. The gd_madd_alias() function behaves similarly, but adds the field as a meta-entry under the field indicated by the field code parent.

Return Value

On success, gd_add_alias() and gd_madd_alias() return zero. On error, -1 is returned and the dirfile error is set to a non-zero error value. Possible error values are:

The specified dirfile was opened read-only.
The library was unable to allocate memory.
The alias_name contained invalid characters; or it or an input field did not contain the affected fragment's prefix or suffix. Alternately, the parent field code was not found, or was already a metafield.
The supplied dirfile was invalid.
The fragment_index specified was out of range.
The alias_name parameter duplicated that of an already existing entry.
The metadata of the fragment was protected from change. Or, the creation of a RAW field was attempted and the data of the fragment was protected.

The dirfile error may be retrieved by calling gd_error(3). A descriptive error string for the last error encountered can be obtained from a call to gd_error_string(3).

See Also

gd_add(3), gd_alias_target(3), gd_entry(3), gd_madd(3), gd_metaflush(3), gd_open(3), dirfile-format(5)


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