gd_get_carray(3) retrieve CARRAY data from a dirfile

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#include <getdata.h>
int gd_get_carray_slice(DIRFILE *dirfile, const char *field_code, unsigned int start, size_t len, gd_type_t return_type, void *data_out);
int gd_get_carray(DIRFILE *dirfile, const char *field_code, gd_type_t return_type, void *data_out);


The gd_get_carray_slice() function queries a dirfile(5) database specified by dirfile for the CARRAY scalar array field_code, which may contain a representation suffix. The data in the field is converted to the data type specified by return_type, and stored in the user-supplied buffer data_out. The first element of the field stored is given by start, and the number of elements stored is given by len. The gd_get_carray() function behaves similarly, except it returns the entire field.

The dirfile argument must point to a valid DIRFILE object previously created by a call to gd_open(3). The argument data_out must point to a valid memory location of sufficient size to hold all the requested data of the return type specified. The number of elements returned by gd_get_carray() may be obtained by calling gd_carray_len(3). Unlike gd_getdata(3), calling gd_get_carray_slice() never results in a short read; attempting to read past the end of the CARRAY will result in an error, and no data will be returned.

The return_type argument should be one of the following symbols, which indicates the desired return type of the data:

unsigned 8-bit integer
signed (two's complement) 8-bit integer
unsigned 16-bit integer
signed (two's complement) 16-bit integer
unsigned 32-bit integer
signed (two's complement) 32-bit integer
unsigned 64-bit integer
signed (two's complement) 64-bit integer
IEEE-754 standard 32-bit single precision floating point number
IEEE-754 standard 64-bit double precision floating point number
C99-conformant 64-bit single precision complex number
C99-conformant 128-bit double precision complex number
the null type: the database is queried as usual, but no data is returned. In this case, data_out is ignored and may be NULL.

The return type of the field need not be the same as the type of the data stored in the database. Type conversion will be performed as necessary to return the requested type. If the field_code does not indicate a representation, but conversion from a complex value to a purely real one is required, only the real portion of the requested vector will be returned.


On success, gd_get_carray() and gd_get_carray_slice() return zero. On error, they return -1 and set the dirfile error to a non-zero value. Possible error values are:
The field specified by field_code was not found in the database.
An invalid dirfile was supplied.
The supplied field_code referred to a field of a type other than CARRAY. The caller should use gd_getdata(3), gd_get_constant(3), or gd_get_string(3) instead.
The representation suffix specified in field_code, or in one of the field codes it uses for input, was invalid.
An invalid return_type was specified.
A request for data beyond the end of the field was made.
An internal error occurred in the library while trying to perform the task. This indicates a bug in the library. Please report the incident to the maintainer.

The dirfile error may be retrieved by calling gd_error(3). A descriptive error string for the last error encountered may be obtained from a call to gd_error_string(3).