gai_strerror man page


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gai_strerror — address and name information error description


#include <netdb.h>

const char *gai_strerror(int ecode);


The gai_strerror() function shall return a text string describing an error value for the getaddrinfo() and getnameinfo() functions listed in the <netdb.h> header.

When the ecode argument is one of the following values listed in the <netdb.h> header:


the function return value shall point to a string describing the error. If the argument is not one of those values, the function shall return a pointer to a string whose contents indicate an unknown error.

Return Value

Upon successful completion, gai_strerror() shall return a pointer to an implementation-defined string.


No errors are defined.

The following sections are informative.

See Also


The Base Definitions volume of POSIX.1‐2008, <netdb.h>


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