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dlerror — get diagnostic information
The dlerror() function shall return a null-terminated character string
(with no trailing <newline>) that describes the last error that occurred
during dynamic linking processing. If no dynamic linking errors have occurred
since the last invocation of dlerror(), dlerror() shall return
NULL. Thus, invoking dlerror() a second time, immediately following a
prior invocation, shall result in NULL being returned.
It is implementation-defined whether or not the dlerror()
function is thread-safe. A thread-safe implementation shall return only
errors that occur on the current thread.
If successful, dlerror() shall return a null-terminated character string;
otherwise, NULL shall be returned.
The application shall not modify the string returned. The returned
pointer might be invalidated or the string content might be overwritten by a
subsequent call to dlerror() in the same thread (if dlerror()
is thread-safe) or in any thread (if dlerror() is not
No errors are defined.
The following sections are informative.
The following example prints out the last dynamic linking error:
Depending on the application environment with respect to asynchronous execution
events, such as signals or other asynchronous computation sharing the address
space, conforming applications should use a critical section to retrieve the
error pointer and buffer.
dlclose(), dlopen(), dlsym()
errstr = dlerror();
if (errstr != NULL)
printf ("A dynamic linking error occurred: (%s)\n", errstr);
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