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fwide - set and determine the orientation of a FILE stream
int fwide(FILE *stream, int mode);
Feature Test Macro Requirements for glibc (see feature_test_macros(7)):
_XOPEN_SOURCE >= 500 || _ISOC99_SOURCE ||
_ISOC95_SOURCE /* Since glibc 2.12 */ ||
_POSIX_C_SOURCE >= 200112L;
or cc -std=c99
When mode is zero, the fwide() function determines the current orientation of stream. It
returns a positive value if stream is wide-character oriented, that is, if wide-character
I/O is permitted but char I/O is disallowed. It returns a negative value if stream is
byte oriented, i.e., if char I/O is permitted but wide-character I/O is disallowed. It
returns zero if stream has no orientation yet; in this case the next I/O operation might
change the orientation (to byte oriented if it is a char I/O operation, or to wide-charac-
ter oriented if it is a wide-character I/O operation).
Once a stream has an orientation, it cannot be changed and persists until the stream is
When mode is nonzero, the fwide() function first attempts to set stream's orientation (to
wide-character oriented if mode is greater than 0, or to byte oriented if mode is less
than 0). It then returns a value denoting the current orientation, as above.
The fwide() function returns the stream's orientation, after possibly changing it. A pos-
itive return value means wide-character oriented. A negative return value means byte ori-
ented. A return value of zero means undecided.
Wide-character output to a byte oriented stream can be performed through the fprintf(3)
function with the %lc and %ls directives.
Char oriented output to a wide-character oriented stream can be performed through the
fwprintf(3) function with the %c and %s directives.
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