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NAME

       catgets - get message from a message catalog

SYNOPSIS

       #include <nl_types.h>

       char *catgets(nl_catd catalog, int set_number, int message_number,
                     const char *message);

DESCRIPTION

       catgets() reads the message message_number, in set set_number, from the
       message catalog identified by  catalog,  where  catalog  is  a  catalog
       descriptor  returned  from  an  earlier call to catopen(3).  The fourth
       argument message points to a  default  message  string  which  will  be
       returned  by  catgets()  if  the  identified  message  catalog  is  not
       currently available.  The message-text  is  contained  in  an  internal
       buffer  area  and  should  be  copied by the application if it is to be
       saved or modified.  The return string is always terminated with a  null
       byte.

RETURN VALUE

       On  success,  catgets()  returns  a  pointer to an internal buffer area
       containing the null-terminated message string.  On  failure,  catgets()
       returns the value message.

CONFORMING TO

       POSIX.1-2001.

NOTES

       These  functions  are  only available in libc.so.4.4.4c and above.  The
       Jan 1987 X/Open Portability Guide specifies a more subtle error return:
       message  is returned if the message catalog specified by catalog is not
       available, while an empty string is returned when the  message  catalog
       is  available  but  does  not contain the specified message.  These two
       possible error returns seem to be discarded in SUSv2 in favor of always
       returning message.

SEE ALSO

       catopen(3), setlocale(3)

COLOPHON

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                                  1998-08-09                        CATGETS(3)