form_field_buffer - field buffer control
int set_field_buffer(FIELD *field, int buf, const char
char *field_buffer(const FIELD *field, int buffer);
int set_field_status(FIELD *field, bool status);
bool field_status(const FIELD *field);
int set_max_field(FIELD *field, int max);
The function set_field_buffer sets the numbered buffer of
the given field to contain a given string. Buffer 0 is
the displayed value of the field; other numbered buffers
may be allocated by applications through the nbuf argument
of (see form_field_new(3x)) but are not manipulated by the
forms library. The function field_buffer returns the
address of the buffer. Please note that this buffer has
always the length of the buffer, that means that it may
typically contain trailing spaces. If you entered leading
spaces the buffer may also contain them. If you want the
raw data, you must write your own routine that copies the
value out of the buffer and removes the leading and trail-
ing spaces. Please note also, that subsequent operations
on the form will probably change the content of the
buffer. So do not use it for long term storage of the
entered form data.
The function set_field_status sets the associated status
flag of field; field_status gets the current value. The
status flag is set to a nonzero value whenever the field
The function set_max_field sets the maximum size for a
dynamic field. An argument of 0 turns off any maximum
size threshold for that field.
The field_buffer function returns NULL on error.
The field_status function returns TRUE or FALSE.
The remaining routines return one of the following:
E_OK The routine succeeded.
System error occurred (see errno).
Routine detected an incorrect or out-of-range argu-
curses(3x) and related pages whose names begin "form_" for
detailed descriptions of the entry points.
The header file <form.h> automatically includes the header
When configured for wide-characters, field_buffer returns
a pointer to temporary storage (allocated and freed by the
library). The application should not attempt to modify
the data. It will be freed on the next call to
field_buffer to return the same buffer. <curses.h>.
These routines emulate the System V forms library. They
were not supported on Version 7 or BSD versions.
Juergen Pfeifer. Manual pages and adaptation for new
curses by Eric S. Raymond.
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