asprintf, vasprintf - print to allocated string


   #define _GNU_SOURCE         /* See feature_test_macros(7) */
   #include <stdio.h>

   int asprintf(char **strp, const char *fmt, ...);

   int vasprintf(char **strp, const char *fmt, va_list ap);


   The  functions asprintf() and vasprintf() are analogs of sprintf(3) and
   vsprintf(3), except that they allocate a string large  enough  to  hold
   the  output  including  the  terminating null byte ('\0'), and return a
   pointer to it via the first argument.  This pointer should be passed to
   free(3) to release the allocated storage when it is no longer needed.


   When  successful,  these  functions return the number of bytes printed,
   just like sprintf(3).  If memory allocation wasn't  possible,  or  some
   other error occurs, these functions will return -1, and the contents of
   strp are undefined.


   For  an  explanation  of  the  terms  used   in   this   section,   see

   Interface                Attribute      Value          
   asprintf(), vasprintf()  Thread safety  MT-Safe locale 


   These  functions  are GNU extensions, not in C or POSIX.  They are also
   available under *BSD.  The FreeBSD implementation sets strp to NULL  on


   free(3), malloc(3), printf(3)


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