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form_field_buffer(3X)					 form_field_buffer(3X)

       form_field_buffer - field buffer control

       #include <form.h>

       int set_field_buffer(FIELD *field, int buf, const char *value);
       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 manip‐
	      ulated by the forms library.

       The function field_buffer returns a pointer  to	the  contents  of  the
       given numbered buffer:

	  ·   The  buffer contents always have the same length, and are padded
	      with trailing spaces as needed to	 ensure	 this  length  is  the

	  ·   The  buffer  may contain leading spaces, depending on how it was

	  ·   The buffer contents are set with set_field_buffer, or as a  side
	      effect of any editing operations on the corresponding field.

	  ·   Editing  operations  are	based on the window which displays the
	      field, rather than a string.  The window contains only printable
	      characters,  and	is  filled  with  blanks.  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 trailing spaces.

	  ·   Because  editing	operations change the content of the buffer to
	      correspond to the window, you should not rely on	using  buffers
	      for long-term storage of 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 changes.

       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.	 It sets errno accord‐
       ing to their success:

       E_OK The routine succeeded.

	    Routine detected an incorrect or out-of-range argument.

       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 argument.

       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 file

       When configured for wide characters, field_buffer returns a pointer  to
       temporary  storage  (allocated and freed by the library).  The applica‐
       tion 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 sup‐
       ported on Version 7 or BSD versions.

       Juergen Pfeifer.	 Manual pages and adaptation for new curses by Eric S.


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