Gnulib module: mbsnrtowcs
Portability problems fixed by Gnulib:
- This function is missing on some platforms:
FreeBSD 5.2.1, NetBSD 5.0, OpenBSD 3.8, Minix 3.1.8, HP-UX 11, IRIX 6.5, Solaris 11.3, Cygwin 1.5.x, mingw, MSVC 14, Android 4.4.
- This function produces invalid wide characters on some platforms:
Portability problems not fixed by Gnulib:
- On Windows and 32-bit AIX platforms,
wchar_t is a 16-bit type and
therefore cannot accommodate all Unicode characters.
However, the Gnulib function
mbsnrtoc32s, provided by Gnulib module
mbsnrtoc32s, operates on 32-bit wide characters and therefore does not
have this limitation.
- The specification is not clear about whether this function should update the
conversion state when the first argument (the destination pointer) is NULL.
The glibc, Mac OS X, FreeBSD implementations do update the state in this case.
For portability, when passing a NULL destination argument, it is best to pass
a pointer to a temporary copy of the conversion state.