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Updated: July 2014
 
 

nl_langinfo(3C)

Name

nl_langinfo - language information

Synopsis

#include <langinfo.h>

char *nl_langinfo(nl_item item);

Description

The nl_langinfo() function returns a pointer to a null-terminated string containing information relevant to a particular language or cultural area defined in the programs locale. The manifest constant names and values of item are defined by <langinfo.h>. For example:

nl_langinfo (ABDAY_1);

would return a pointer to the string “Dim” if the identified language was French and a French locale was correctly installed; or “Sun” if the identified language was English.

Return Values

If setlocale(3C) has not been called successfully, or if data for a supported language is either not available, or if item is not defined therein, then nl_langinfo() returns a pointer to the corresponding string in the C locale. In all locales, nl_langinfo() returns a pointer to an empty string if item contains an invalid setting.

Usage

The nl_langinfo() function can be used safely in multithreaded applications, as long as setlocale(3C) is not being called to change the locale.

Attributes

See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:

ATTRIBUTE TYPE
ATTRIBUTE VALUE
CSI
Enabled
Interface Stability
Committed
MT-Level
MT-Safe with exceptions
Standard

See Also

setlocale(3C), langinfo.h(3HEAD), nl_types.h(3HEAD), attributes(5), standards(5)

Warnings

The array pointed to by the return value should not be modified by the program. Subsequent calls to nl_langinfo() may overwrite the array.