fgetws - read a wide-character string from a FILE stream
wchar_t *fgetws(wchar_t *restrict ws, int n, FILE *restrict stream);
The fgetws() function is the wide-character equivalent of the
fgets(3) function. It reads a string of at most n-1 wide
characters into the wide-character array pointed to by ws, and adds a
terminating null wide character (L'\0'). It stops reading wide characters
after it has encountered and stored a newline wide character. It also stops
when end of stream is reached.
The programmer must ensure that there is room for at least
n wide characters at ws.
For a nonlocking counterpart, see unlocked_stdio(3).
The fgetws() function, if successful, returns ws. If end of stream
was already reached or if an error occurred, it returns NULL.
For an explanation of the terms used in this section, see attributes(7).
POSIX.1-2001, POSIX.1-2008, C99.
The behavior of fgetws() depends on the LC_CTYPE category of the
In the absence of additional information passed to the
fopen(3) call, it is reasonable to expect that fgetws() will
actually read a multibyte string from the stream and then convert it to a
This function is unreliable, because it does not permit to deal
properly with null wide characters that may be present in the input.
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