SIMPLE SOLUTIONS

EXPLAIN_LINK - reference manual online

Explain link(2) errors.

Chapter
explain_link(3)                      Library Functions Manual                     explain_link(3)

NAME explain_link - explain link(2) errors
SYNOPSIS #include <libexplain/link.h> const char *explain_link(const char *oldpath, const char *newpath); const char *explain_errno_link(int errnum, const char *oldpath, const char *newpath); void explain_message_link(char *message, int message_size, const char *oldpath, const char *newpath); void explain_message_errno_link(char *message, int message_size, int errnum, const char *oldpath, const char *newpath);
DESCRIPTION These functions may be used to obtain explanations for errors returned by the link(2) sys‐ tem call. explain_link const char *explain_link(const char *oldpath, const char *newpath); The explain_link function is used to obtain an explanation of an error returned by the link(2) system call. The least the message will contain is the value of strerror(errno), but usually it will do much better, and indicate the underlying cause in more detail. The errno global variable will be used to obtain the error value to be decoded. This function is intended to be used in a fashion similar to the following example: if (link(oldpath, newpath) < 0) { fprintf(stderr, "%s\n", explain_link(oldpath, newpath)); exit(EXIT_FAILURE); } oldpath The original oldpath, exactly as passed to the link(2) system call. newpath The original newpath, exactly as passed to the link(2) system call. Returns: The message explaining the error. This message buffer is shared by all libexplain functions which do not supply a buffer in their argument list. This will be over‐ written by the next call to any libexplain function which shares this buffer, including other threads. Note: This function is not thread safe, because it shares a return buffer across all threads, and many other functions in this library. explain_errno_link const char *explain_errno_link(int errnum, const char *oldpath, const char *newpath); The explain_errno_link function is used to obtain an explanation of an error returned by the link(2) system call. The least the message will contain is the value of str‐ error(errnum), but usually it will do much better, and indicate the underlying cause in more detail. This function is intended to be used in a fashion similar to the following example: if (link(oldpath, newpath) < 0) { int err = errno; fprintf(stderr, "%s\n", explain_errno_link(err, oldpath, newpath)); exit(EXIT_FAILURE); } errnum The error value to be decoded, usually obtained from the errno global variable just before this function is called. This is necessary if you need to call any code between the system call to be explained and this function, because many libc functions will alter the value of errno. oldpath The original oldpath, exactly as passed to the link(2) system call. newpath The original newpath, exactly as passed to the link(2) system call. Returns: The message explaining the error. This message buffer is shared by all libexplain functions which do not supply a buffer in their argument list. This will be over‐ written by the next call to any libexplain function which shares this buffer, including other threads. Note: This function is not thread safe, because it shares a return buffer across all threads, and many other functions in this library. explain_message_link void explain_message_link(char *message, int message_size, const char *oldpath, const char *newpath); The explain_message_link function may be used to obtain an explanation of an error returned by the link(2) system call. The least the message will contain is the value of strerror(errno), but usually it will do much better, and indicate the underlying cause in more detail. The errno global variable will be used to obtain the error value to be decoded. This function is intended to be used in a fashion similar to the following example: if (link(oldpath, newpath) < 0) { char message[3000]; explain_message_link(message, sizeof(message), oldpath, newpath); fprintf(stderr, "%s\n", message); exit(EXIT_FAILURE); } message The location in which to store the returned message. If a suitable message return buffer is supplied, this function is thread safe. message_size The size in bytes of the location in which to store the returned message. oldpath The original oldpath, exactly as passed to the link(2) system call. newpath The original newpath, exactly as passed to the link(2) system call. explain_message_errno_link void explain_message_errno_link(char *message, int message_size, int errnum, const char *oldpath, const char *newpath); The explain_message_errno_link function may be used to obtain an explanation of an error returned by the link(2) system call. The least the message will contain is the value of strerror(errnum), but usually it will do much better, and indicate the underlying cause in more detail. This function is intended to be used in a fashion similar to the following example: if (link(oldpath, newpath) < 0) { int err = errno; char message[3000]; explain_message_errno_link(message, sizeof(message), err, oldpath, newpath); fprintf(stderr, "%s\n", message); exit(EXIT_FAILURE); } message The location in which to store the returned message. If a suitable message return buffer is supplied, this function is thread safe. message_size The size in bytes of the location in which to store the returned message. errnum The error value to be decoded, usually obtained from the errno global variable just before this function is called. This is necessary if you need to call any code between the system call to be explained and this function, because many libc functions will alter the value of errno. oldpath The original oldpath, exactly as passed to the link(2) system call. newpath The original newpath, exactly as passed to the link(2) system call.
SEE ALSO link(2) make a new name for a file explain_link_or_die(3) make a new name for a file and report errors
explain_link(3)
This manual Reference Other manuals
explain_link(3) referred by explain(3) | explain_link_or_die(3)
refer to explain_link_or_die(3) | link(2)