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mkstr(1)							     mkstr(1)


  mkstr	- Creates an error message file


  mkstr	[-] message_file prefix	file...

  The mkstr command is used to create files of error messages that can be
  removed from a single	C source file, or from multiple	source files.


  -   Causes messages to be appended to	the specified message file, instead
      of creating a new	file.


  The use of mkstr can reduce the size of programs that	contain	many error
  diagnostics and reduce system	overhead in running such programs.

  The mkstr command processes each of the specified files, placing an altered
  version of the input file in a file whose name consists of the specified
  prefix and the original name.

  To process the error messages	in the source to the message file, mkstr keys
  on the string	'error(' in the	input stream.  Each time it occurs, the	C
  string starting at the '' is placed in the message file and is followed by
  a null character and a newline character.  The null character	terminates
  the message so it can	be easily used when retrieved; the newline character
  makes	it possible to catalog the error message file neatly to	see its	con-

  The altered copy of the input	file then contains a lseek() pointer into the
  file that can	be used	to retrieve the	message	to its appropriate source
  file,	as shown in the	following example of a program that mkstr produces.

       char efilname[] =  "/usr/lib/pi_strings";
       int  efil = -1;

       error(int a1, int a2, int a3, int a4)
	  char buf[256];

	  if (efil < 0)	{
	  efil = open(efilname,	0);
	  if (efil < 0)	{
	  if ((lseek(efil, (long) a1, 0)) == (long)-1 )	||
		 read(efil, buf, 256) <= 0)
	  goto oops;
	  printf(buf, a2, a3, a4);


   1.  To put the error	messages from the current directory C source files
       into a file called pi_strings, and to put processed copies of the
       source for these	files into filenames prefixed by xx, enter:
	    mkstr pi_strings xx	*.c

   2.  To append the error messages from an additional source file to
       pi_strings, enter:
	    mkstr - pi_strings xx newfile.c


  Commands:  xstr(1)

  Functions:  lseek(2)