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MKSTR(1)                    General Commands Manual                   MKSTR(1)

       mkstr - create an error message file by massaging C source files

       mkstr [ - ] messagefile prefix filename...

       mkstr  creates files of error messages.  You can use mkstr to make pro-
       grams with large numbers of error  diagnostics  much  smaller,  and  to
       reduce  system overhead in running the program -- as the error messages
       do not have to be constantly swapped in and out.

       mkstr processes each of the specified  filenames,  placing  a  massaged
       version of the input file in a file with a name consisting of the spec-
       ified prefix and the original source file name.  A typical  example  of
       using mkstr would be:

              mkstr pistrings processed *.c

       This command would cause all the error messages from the C source files
       in the current directory to be placed in the file  pistrings  and  pro-
       cessed copies of the source for these files to be placed in files whose
       names are prefixed with processed.

       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 followed
       by  a null character and a NEWLINE character; the null character termi-
       nates the message so it can be easily used when retrieved, the  NEWLINE
       character  makes  it possible to sensibly cat the error message file to
       see its contents.  The massaged copy of the input file then contains  a
       lseek  pointer into the file which can be used to retrieve the message,
       that is:

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

                     error(a1, a2, a3, a4)

                            if (efil <&lt; 0) {

                                          efil = open(efilname, 0);
                                          if (efil <&lt; 0) {

                                          perror (efilname);
                                          exit (1);
                     if (lseek(efil, (long) a1, 0) || read(efil, buf, 256) <&lt;= 0)
                            goto oops;
                     printf(buf, a2, a3, a4);

       -  Place error messages at the end of the specified  message  file  for
          recompiling part of a large mkstred program.


                               9 September 1987                       MKSTR(1)