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intro - Introduction to library functions
Section 3 of the manual describes all library functions excluding the
library functions (system call wrappers) described in section 2, which
implement system calls.
Many of the functions described in the section are part of the Standard
C Library (libc). Some functions are part of other libraries (e.g.,
the math library, libm, or the real-time library, librt) in which case
the manual page will indicate the linker option needed to link against
the required library (e.g., -lm and -lrt, respectively, for the
In some cases, the programmer must define a feature test macro in order
to obtain the declaration of a function from the header file specified
in the man page SYNOPSIS section. In such cases, the required macro is
described in the man page. For further information on feature test
macros, see feature_test_macros(7).
Certain terms and abbreviations are used to indicate Unix variants and
standards to which calls in this section conform. See standards(7).
Authors and Copyright Terms
Look at the header of the manual page source for the author(s) and
copyright conditions. Note that these can be different from page to
intro(2), errno(3), feature_test_macros(7), standards(7)
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