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       gd_putdata — write data to a Dirfile database


       #include <getdata.h>

       size_t gd_putdata(DIRFILE *dirfile, const char *field_code, off_t first_frame, off_t
              first_sample, size_t num_frames, size_t num_samples, gd_type_t data_type, const
              void *data_in);


       The  gd_putdata()  function  writes data to a dirfile(5) database specified by dirfile for
       the field field_code, which may not contain a representation suffix.  It writes num_frames
       frames  plus  num_samples  samples to this field, starting first_sample samples past frame
       first_frame.  The data is read from the user-supplied buffer data_in, which is has a  data
       type specified by data_type.  This interface cannot write to field representations.

       The  dirfile argument must point to a valid DIRFILE object previously created by a call to

       Unless using GD_HERE (see below), the first sample written will be
              first_frame * samples_per_frame + first_sample
       as measured from the start of the  dirfile,  where  samples_per_frame  is  the  number  of
       samples  per  frame  as  returned  by gd_spf(3).  The number of samples which gd_putdata()
       attempts to write is, similarly,
              num_frames * samples_per_frame + num_samples.
       Although calling gd_putdata() using both samples and frames is possible, the  function  is
       typically called with either num_samples and first_sample, or num_frames and first_frames,
       equal to zero.

       Instead of explicitly specifying the origin of the write, the caller may pass the  special
       symbol  GD_HERE  as  first_frame.   This will result in the write occurring at the current
       position of the I/O pointer for the field (see  gd_getdata(3)  for  a  discussion  of  I/O
       pointers).  In this case, the value of first_sample is ignored.

       The data_type argument should be one of the following symbols, which indicates the type of
       the input data:

              GD_UINT8   unsigned 8-bit integer

              GD_INT8 signed (two's complement) 8-bit integer

                      unsigned 16-bit integer

                      signed (two's complement) 16-bit integer

                      unsigned 32-bit integer

                      signed (two's complement) 32-bit integer

                      unsigned 64-bit integer

                      signed (two's complement) 64-bit integer

                      IEEE-754 standard 32-bit single precision floating point number

                      IEEE-754 standard 64-bit double precision floating point number

                      C99-conformant 64-bit single precision complex number

                      C99-conformant 128-bit double precision complex number

       The type of the input data need not be the same as the type of  the  data  stored  in  the
       database.   Type  conversion will be performed as necessary to write the appropriate type.
       The argument data_in must point to a valid memory location of containing all the  data  to
       be written.

       Upon successful completion, the I/O pointer of the field will be on the sample immediately
       following the last sample written, if possible.  On error, the position of the I/O pointer
       is not specified.


       In  all cases, gd_putdata() returns the number of samples (not bytes) successfully written
       to the database, which may be zero if an error has occurred.

       On error, this function returns zero and  stores  a  negative-valued  error  code  in  the
       DIRFILE object which may be retrieved by a subsequent call to gd_error(3).  Possible error
       codes are:

               The specified dirfile was opened read-only.

               The library was unable to allocate memory.

               The field specified by field_code, or one of the fields it uses for input, was not
               found in the database.

               An invalid dirfile was supplied.

               Either  the field specified by field_code, or one of the fields it uses for input,
               was of MULTIPLY, DIVIDE, WINDOW, INDIR, or SINDIR type, or a LINCOM with more than
               one  input  field,  or  a POLYNOM with quadratic or higer terms.  Alternately, the
               caller may have attempted to write to the  implicit  INDEX  field,  which  is  not

               An invalid data_type was specified.

               The  field  specified by field_code was not a vector field.  The caller should use
               gd_put_carray(3), gd_put_constant(3), or gd_put_string(3) instead.  Or,  a  scalar
               field was found where a vector field was expected in the definition of field_code.

               An attempt was made to write to a LINTERP field with a look-up table which was not
               monotonic or not purely real.

               An internal error occurred in the library while trying to perform the task.   This
               indicates a bug in the library.  Please report the incident to the maintainer.

       GD_E_IO An  error  occurred  while  trying  to open, read from, or write to a file on disk
               containing a raw field or a LINTERP table.

               A LINTERP table was malformed.

               The data of the RAW field backing  field_code  was  protected  from  change  by  a
               /PROTECT directive.

               An  attempt was made to write data either before the beginning-of-frame marker for
               field_code, or the raw field it  depends  on,  or  else  outside  the  addressable
               Dirfile range (more than 2**63 samples beyond the start of the Dirfile).

               Too  many levels of recursion were encountered while trying to resolve field_code.
               This usually indicates  a  circular  dependency  in  field  specification  in  the

               Reading  from  dirfiles  with  the encoding scheme of the specified dirfile is not
               supported by the library.  See dirfile-encoding(5) for details on dirfile encoding

       A descriptive error string for the error may be obtained by calling gd_error_string(3).


       When  operating  on a platform whose size_t is N-bytes wide, a single call of gd_putdata()
       will never write more than (2**(N-M) - 1) samples, where M is the size, in bytes,  of  the
       largest  data  type used to calculate the stored field.  If a larger request is specified,
       less data than requested will be written, without raising an error.  This limit is imposed
       even  when data_type is GD_NULL (i.e., even when no actual I/O or calculation occurs).  In
       all cases, the actual amount of data is returned.


       The putdata() function appeared in GetData-0.3.0.

       In GetData-0.7.0, this function was renamed to gd_getdata().

       The GD_HERE symbol used for sequential writes appeared in GetData-0.8.0.


       GD_SIZE(3), gd_error(3), gd_error_string(3), gd_getdata(3), gd_open(3),  gd_put_carray(3),
       gd_put_constant(3), gd_put_sarray(3), gd_put_string(3), gd_seek(3), gd_spf(3), dirfile(5),