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--- codeset conversion allocation function
iconv_t iconv_open(const char *tocode, const char *fromcode);
function shall return a conversion descriptor
that describes a conversion from the codeset specified by the string
pointed to by the
argument to the codeset specified by the string pointed to by the
argument. For state-dependent encodings, the conversion descriptor
shall be in a codeset-dependent initial shift state, ready for
immediate use with
and their permitted combinations are implementation-defined.
A conversion descriptor shall remain valid until it is closed by
or an implicit close.
If a file descriptor is used to implement conversion descriptors, the
FD_CLOEXEC flag shall be set; see
Upon successful completion,
shall return a conversion descriptor for use on subsequent calls to
shall return (iconv_t
)-1 and set
to indicate the error.
function may fail if:
All file descriptors available to the process are currently open.
Too many files are currently open in the system.
Insufficient storage space is available.
The conversion specified by
is not supported by the implementation.
The following sections are informative.
Some implementations of
to allocate space for internal buffer areas. The
function may fail if there is insufficient storage space to accommodate
Conforming applications must assume that conversion descriptors are not
valid after a call to one of the
Application developers should consult the system documentation to
determine the supported codesets and their naming schemes.
The Base Definitions volume of POSIX.1-2008,
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