Section: POSIX Programmer's Manual (3P)
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--- get diagnostic information
function shall return a null-terminated character string (with no
that describes the last error that occurred during dynamic linking
processing. If no dynamic linking errors have occurred since the last
shall return NULL.
a second time, immediately following a prior invocation, shall result
in NULL being returned.
It is implementation-defined whether or not the
function is thread-safe. A thread-safe implementation shall return only
errors that occur on the current thread.
shall return a null-terminated character string; otherwise, NULL
shall be returned.
The application shall not modify the string returned. The returned
pointer might be invalidated or the string content might be overwritten
by a subsequent call to
in the same thread (if
is thread-safe) or in any thread (if
is not thread-safe).
No errors are defined.
The following sections are informative.
The following example prints out the last dynamic linking error:
errstr = dlerror();
if (errstr != NULL)
printf ("A dynamic linking error occurred: (%s)\n", errstr);
Depending on the application environment with respect to asynchronous
execution events, such as signals or other asynchronous computation
sharing the address space, conforming applications should use a critical
section to retrieve the error pointer and buffer.
The Base Definitions volume of POSIX.1-2008,
Portions of this text are reprinted and reproduced in electronic form
from IEEE Std 1003.1, 2013 Edition, Standard for Information Technology
-- Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX), The Open Group Base
Specifications Issue 7, Copyright (C) 2013 by the Institute of
Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc and The Open Group.
(This is POSIX.1-2008 with the 2013 Technical Corrigendum 1 applied.) In the
event of any discrepancy between this version and the original IEEE and
The Open Group Standard, the original IEEE and The Open Group Standard
is the referee document. The original Standard can be obtained online at
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