gd_aliases man page

gd_aliases — retrieve a list of aliases for a field in a dirfile database

Synopsis

#include <getdata.h>

const char **gd_aliases(DIRFILE *dirfile, const char *field_code);

Description

The gd_aliases() function queries a dirfile(5) database specified by dirfile and returns a read-only list of aliases of the field specified by field_code.

The dirfile argument must point to a valid DIRFILE object previously created by a call to gd_open(3).

The array returned will be de-allocated by a call to gd_close(3) and should not be de-allocated by the caller. The list returned should not be assumed to be in any particular order. The array is terminated by a NULL pointer. The number of strings in the array can be obtained from a call to gd_naliases(3).

The caller may not modify any strings in the array, or the array itself. Doing so may cause database corruption. The pointer returned is guaranteed to be valid until gd_aliases() is called again with the same arguments, or until the array is de-allocated by a call to gd_close(3).

Return Value

Upon successful completion, gd_aliases() returns a pointer to an array of strings containing the values of all the aliases for the specified field. The array is terminated by a NULL pointer. If successful, this list will always contain at least one entry, to wit: field_code.

On error it returns NULL and sets the dirfile error to a non-zero error value. Possible error values are:

GD_E_ALLOC
The library was unable to allocate memory.
GD_E_BAD_CODE
The specified field code was not found in the database.
GD_E_BAD_DIRFILE
The supplied dirfile was invalid.

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

dirfile(5), gd_open(3), gd_alias_target(3), gd_naliases(3)

Referenced By

gd_alias_target(3), gd_naliases(3).

1 January 2012 Version 0.8.0 GETDATA