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CONFSTR(3)               BSD Library Functions Manual               CONFSTR(3)

NAME
     confstr -- get string-valued configurable variables

LIBRARY
     Standard C Library (libc, -lc)

SYNOPSIS
     #include <&lt;unistd.h>&gt;

     size_t
     confstr(int name, char *buf, size_t len);

DESCRIPTION
     This interface is obsoleted by sysctl(3).

     The confstr() function provides a method for applications to get configu-
     ration defined string values.

     The name argument specifies the system variable to be queried.  Symbolic
     constants for each name value are found in the include file <unistd.h>.
     The len argument specifies the size of the buffer referenced by the argu-
     ment buf.  If len is non-zero, buf is a non-null pointer, and name has a
     value, up to len - 1 bytes of the value are copied into the buffer buf.
     The copied value is always null terminated.

     The available values are as follows:

     _CS_PATH
             Return a value for the PATH environment variable that finds all
             the standard utilities.

RETURN VALUES
     If the call to confstr is not successful, ((size_t)-1) is returned and
     errno is set appropriately.  Otherwise, if the variable does not have a
     configuration defined value, 0 is returned and errno is not modified.
     Otherwise, the buffer size needed to hold the entire configuration-
     defined value is returned.  If this size is greater than the argument
     len, the string in buf was truncated.

ERRORS
     The confstr function may fail and set error for any of the errors speci-
     fied for the library functions malloc(3) and sysctl(3).

     In addition, the following errors may be reported:

     [EINVAL]           The value of the name argument is invalid.

SEE ALSO
     sysctl(3)

STANDARDS
     The confstr function conforms to IEEE Std 1003.2-1992 (``POSIX.2'').

HISTORY
     The confstr function first appeared in 4.4BSD.

BSD                              June 4, 1993                              BSD