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NetBSD 6.1.5 - man page for mblen (netbsd section 3)

MBLEN(3)			   BSD Library Functions Manual 			 MBLEN(3)

NAME
     mblen -- get number of bytes in a multibyte character

LIBRARY
     Standard C Library (libc, -lc)

SYNOPSIS
     #include <stdlib.h>

     int
     mblen(const char *s, size_t n);

DESCRIPTION
     The mblen() function usually determines the number of bytes in a multibyte character pointed
     to by s and returns it.  This function shall only examine max n bytes of the array beginning
     from s.

     In state-dependent encodings, s may point the special sequence bytes to change the shift-
     state.  Although such sequence bytes corresponds to no individual wide-character code, the
     mblen() changes the own state by them and treats them as if they are a part of the subse-
     quent multibyte character.

     Unlike mbrlen(3), the first n bytes pointed to by s need to form an entire multibyte charac-
     ter.  Otherwise, this function causes an error.

     mblen() is equivalent to the following call, except the internal state of the mbtowc(3)
     function is not affected:

	   mbtowc(NULL, s, n);

     Calling any other functions in Standard C Library (libc, -lc) never changes the internal
     state of mblen(), except for calling setlocale(3) with the LC_CTYPE category changed to that
     of the current locale.  Such setlocale(3) calls cause the internal state of this function to
     be indeterminate.

     The behaviour of mblen() is affected by the LC_CTYPE category of the current locale.

     These are the special cases:

     s == NULL	 mblen() initializes its own internal state to an initial state, and determines
		 whether the current encoding is state-dependent.  This function returns 0 if the
		 encoding is state-independent, otherwise non-zero.

     n == 0	 In this case, the first n bytes of the array pointed to by s never form a com-
		 plete character.  Thus, mblen() always fails.

RETURN VALUES
     Normally, mblen() returns:

     0		 s points to a nul byte ('\0').

     positive	 The value returned is a number of bytes for the valid multibyte character
		 pointed to by s.  There are no cases that this value is greater than n or the
		 value of the MB_CUR_MAX macro.

     -1 	 s points to an invalid or incomplete multibyte character.  The mblen() also sets
		 errno to indicate the error.

     When s is equal to NULL, the mblen() returns:

     0		 The current encoding is state-independent.

     non-zero	 The current encoding is state-dependent.

ERRORS
     mblen() may cause an error in the following case:

     [EILSEQ]		s points to an invalid or incomplete multibyte character.

SEE ALSO
     mbrlen(3), mbtowc(3), setlocale(3)

STANDARDS
     The mblen() function conforms to ANSI X3.159-1989 (``ANSI C89'').

BSD					 February 3, 2002				      BSD


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