wcwidth man page

wcwidth ā€” determine columns needed for a wide character

Synopsis

#define _XOPEN_SOURCE       /* See feature_test_macros(7) */
#include <wchar.h>

int wcwidth(wchar_t c);

Description

The wcwidth() function returns the number of columns needed to represent the wide character c. If c is a printable wide character, the value is at least 0. If c is null wide character (L'\0'), the value is 0. Otherwise, -1 is returned.

Return Value

The wcwidth() function returns the number of column positions for c.

Attributes

For an explanation of the terms used in this section, see attributes(7).

Interface Attribute Value
wcwidth() Thread safety MT-Safe locale

Conforming to

POSIX.1-2001, POSIX.1-2008.

Note that glibc before 2.2.5 used the prototype

int wcwidth(wint_t c);

Notes

The behavior of wcwidth() depends on the LC_CTYPE category of the current locale.

See Also

iswprint(3), wcswidth(3)

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Referenced By

curs_getcchar.3x(3), unicode(7), unigenwidth(1), wcswidth(3).

2015-08-08 GNU Linux Programmer's Manual