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--- determine conversion object status
int mbsinit(const mbstate_t *ps);
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is not a null pointer, the
function shall determine whether the object pointed to by
describes an initial conversion state.
function shall return non-zero if
is a null pointer, or if the pointed-to object describes an initial
conversion state; otherwise, it shall return zero.
object is altered by any of the functions described as ``restartable'',
and is then used with a different character sequence, or in the other
conversion direction, or with a different
category setting than on earlier function calls, the behavior is undefined.
No errors are defined.
The following sections are informative.
object is used to describe the current conversion state from a
particular character sequence to a wide-character sequence (or vice
) under the rules of a particular setting of the
category of the current locale.
The initial conversion state corresponds, for a conversion in either
direction, to the beginning of a new character sequence in the initial
shift state. A zero valued
object is at least one way to describe an initial conversion state. A
object can be used to initiate conversion involving any character
sequence, in any
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