wcstombs - convert a wide-character string to a multibyte string
dest is not NULL, the wcstombs() function converts the wide-character string
src to a multibyte string starting at
dest. At most
n bytes are written to
dest. The sequence of characters placed in
dest begins in the initial shift state. The conversion can stop for three reasons:
A wide character has been encountered that can not be represented as a multibyte sequence (according to the current locale). In this case,
(size_t) -1 is returned.
The length limit forces a stop. In this case, the number of bytes written to
dest is returned, but the shift state at this point is lost.
The wide-character string has been completely converted, including the terminating null wide character (L'\0'). In this case, the conversion ends in the initial shift state. The number of bytes written to
dest, excluding the terminating null byte ('\0'), is returned.
The programmer must ensure that there is room for at least
n bytes at
dest is NULL,
n is ignored, and the conversion proceeds as above, except that the converted bytes are not written out to memory, and no length limit exists.
In order to avoid the case 2 above, the programmer should make sure
n is greater than or equal to
POSIX.1-2001, POSIX.1-2008, C99.
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