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--- convert a character string to a wide-character string
size_t mbstowcs(wchar_t *restrict pwcs, const char *restrict s,
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function shall convert a sequence of characters that begins in the
initial shift state from the array pointed to by
into a sequence of corresponding wide-character codes and shall store
not more than
wide-character codes into the array pointed to by
No characters that follow a null byte (which is converted into a
wide-character code with value 0) shall be examined or converted. Each
character shall be converted as if by a call to
except that the shift state of
is not affected.
No more than
elements shall be modified in the array pointed to by
If copying takes place between objects that overlap, the behavior is
The behavior of this function shall be affected by the
category of the current locale.
is a null pointer,
shall return the length required to convert the entire array regardless
of the value of
but no values are stored.
If an invalid character is encountered,
shall return (size_t
and shall set
to indicate the error.
shall return the number of the array elements modified
(or required if
not including a terminating 0 code, if any. The array shall
not be zero-terminated if the value returned is
function shall fail if:
An invalid byte sequence is detected.
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