— formatted wide character
fwprintf(FILE * restrict stream,
const wchar_t * restrict format,
swprintf(wchar_t * restrict ws,
size_t n, const wchar_t * restrict
wprintf(const wchar_t * restrict
vfwprintf(FILE * restrict
stream, const wchar_t * restrict format,
vswprintf(wchar_t * restrict ws,
size_t n, const wchar_t * restrict
format, va_list ap);
vwprintf(const wchar_t * restrict
format, va_list ap);
family of functions produces output according to a
format as described below. The
functions write output to
stdout, the standard
write output to the given output stream;
write to the wide character string ws.
These functions write the output under the control of a format string that specifies how subsequent arguments (or arguments accessed via the variable-length argument facilities of va_start(3)) are converted for output.
These functions return the number of characters printed (not
including the trailing ‘
\0’ used to
end output to strings).
functions will fail if n or more wide characters were
requested to be written,
The format string is composed of zero or more directives: ordinary
%), which are copied unchanged to
the output stream; and conversion specifications, each of which results in
fetching zero or more subsequent arguments. Each conversion specification is
introduced by the
% character. The arguments must
correspond properly (after type promotion) with the conversion specifier.
%, the following appear in sequence:
- An optional field, consisting of a decimal digit string followed by a
$, specifying the next argument to access. If this field is not provided, the argument following the last argument accessed will be used. Arguments are numbered starting at
1. If unaccessed arguments in the format string are interspersed with ones that are accessed, the results will be indeterminate.
- Zero or more of the following flags:
- The value should be converted to an “alternate form”.
oconversions, the precision of the number is increased to force the first character of the output string to a zero (except if a zero value is printed with an explicit precision of zero). For
Xconversions, a non-zero result has the string ‘
0x’ (or ‘
Xconversions) prepended to it. For
Gconversions, the result will always contain a decimal point, even if no digits follow it (normally, a decimal point appears in the results of those conversions only if a digit follows). For
Gconversions, trailing zeros are not removed from the result as they would otherwise be. For all other formats, behaviour is undefined.
- Zero padding. For all conversions except
n, the converted value is padded on the left with zeros rather than blanks. If a precision is given with a numeric conversion (
0flag is ignored.
- A negative field width flag; the converted value is to be left
adjusted on the field boundary. Except for
nconversions, the converted value is padded on the right with blanks, rather than on the left with blanks or zeros. A
0if both are given.
- ‘ ’ (space)
- A blank should be left before a positive number produced by a signed
- A sign must always be placed before a number produced by a signed
+overrides a space if both are used.
- On OpenBSD, this flag has no effect. On other
systems, it may cause the insertion of
locale(1)-dependent thousands separator characters into the
integral parts of arguments of the
- An optional decimal digit string specifying a minimum field width. If the converted value has fewer characters than the field width, it will be padded with spaces on the left (or right, if the left-adjustment flag has been given) to fill out the field width.
- An optional precision, in the form of a period
.followed by an optional digit string. If the digit string is omitted, the precision is taken as zero. This gives the minimum number of digits to appear for
Xconversions, the number of digits to appear after the decimal-point for
Fconversions, the maximum number of significant digits for
Gconversions, or the maximum number of characters to be printed from a string for
- An optional length modifier that specifies the size of the argument. The
following length modifiers are valid for the
Modifier d, i o, u, x, X n hh signed char unsigned char signed char * h short unsigned short short * l (ell) long unsigned long long * ll (ell ell) long long unsigned long long long long * j intmax_t uintmax_t intmax_t * t ptrdiff_t (see note) ptrdiff_t * z (see note) size_t (see note) q (deprecated) quad_t u_quad_t quad_t *
tmodifier, when applied to a
Xconversion, indicates that the argument is of an unsigned type equivalent in size to a ptrdiff_t. The
zmodifier, when applied to a
iconversion, indicates that the argument is of a signed type equivalent in size to a size_t. Similarly, when applied to an
nconversion, it indicates that the argument is a pointer to a signed type equivalent in size to a size_t.
The following length modifier is valid for the
The following length modifier is valid for the
wint_t wchar_t *
- A character that specifies the type of conversion to be applied.
A field width or precision, or both, may be indicated by an
*’ or an asterisk followed
by one or more decimal digits and a
$’ instead of a digit string. In this
case, an int argument supplies the field width or
precision. A negative field width is treated as a left adjustment flag
followed by a positive field width; a negative precision is treated as
though it were missing. If a single format directive mixes positional
nn$) and non-positional arguments, the results are
The conversion specifiers and their meanings are:
- The int (or appropriate variant) argument is
converted to signed decimal (
i), unsigned octal (
o), unsigned decimal (
u), or unsigned hexadecimal (
X) notation. The letters “
abcdef” are used for
xconversions; the letters “
ABCDEF” are used for
Xconversions. The precision, if any, gives the minimum number of digits that must appear; if the converted value requires fewer digits, it is padded on the left with zeros.
- The long int argument is converted to signed
decimal, unsigned octal, or unsigned decimal, as if the format had been
lurespectively. These conversion characters are deprecated, and will eventually disappear.
- The double argument is rounded and converted in the
e±dd where there is one digit before the decimal-point character and the number of digits after it is equal to the precision; if the precision is missing, it is taken as 6; if the precision is zero, no decimal-point character appears. An
Econversion uses the letter ‘
E’ (rather than ‘
e’) to introduce the exponent. The exponent always contains at least two digits; if the value is zero, the exponent is 00.
Gconversions, positive and negative infinity are represented as
-infrespectively when using the lowercase conversion character, and
-INFrespectively when using the uppercase conversion character. Similarly, NaN is represented as
nanwhen using the lowercase conversion, and
NANwhen using the uppercase conversion.
- The double argument is rounded and converted to
decimal notation in the style
.ddd, where the number of digits after the decimal-point character is equal to the precision specification. If the precision is missing, it is taken as 6; if the precision is explicitly zero, no decimal-point character appears. If a decimal point appears, at least one digit appears before it.
- The double argument is converted in style
Gconversions). The precision specifies the number of significant digits. If the precision is missing, 6 digits are given; if the precision is zero, it is treated as 1. Style
eis used if the exponent from its conversion is less than -4 or greater than or equal to the precision. Trailing zeros are removed from the fractional part of the result; a decimal point appears only if it is followed by at least one digit.
- The double argument is converted to hexadecimal
notation in the style
.hhhp[±]d, where the number of digits after the hexadecimal-point character is equal to the precision specification. If the precision is missing, it is taken as enough to exactly represent the floating-point number; if the precision is explicitly zero, no hexadecimal-point character appears. This is an exact conversion of the mantissa+exponent internal floating point representation; the [-]
.hhh portion represents exactly the mantissa; only denormalized mantissas have a zero value to the left of the hexadecimal point. The
pis a literal character ‘
p’; the exponent is preceded by a positive or negative sign and is represented in decimal, using only enough characters to represent the exponent. The
Aconversion uses the prefix “
0X” (rather than “
0x”), the letters “
ABCDEF” (rather than “
abcdef”) to represent the hex digits, and the letter ‘
P’ (rather than ‘
p’) to separate the mantissa and exponent.
- The int argument is converted to an
unsigned char, then to a
wchar_t as if by
and the resulting character is written.
l(ell) modifier is used, the wint_t argument is converted to a wchar_t and written.
- The char * argument is expected to be a pointer to
an array of character type (pointer to a string) containing a multibyte
sequence. Characters from the array are converted to wide characters and
written up to (but not including) a terminating NUL character; if a
precision is specified, no more than the number specified are written. If
a precision is given, no null character need be present; if the precision
is not specified, or is greater than the size of the array, the array must
contain a terminating NUL character.
l(ell) modifier is used, the wchar_t * argument is expected to be a pointer to an array of wide characters (pointer to a wide string). Each wide character in the string is written. Wide characters from the array are written up to (but not including) a terminating wide NUL character; if a precision is specified, no more than the number specified are written (including shift sequences). If a precision is given, no null character need be present; if the precision is not specified, or is greater than the number of characters in the string, the array must contain a terminating wide NUL character.
- The void * pointer argument is printed in
hexadecimal (as if by ‘
%#x’ or ‘
- This conversion specifier has serious security implications, so it was
changed to no longer store the number of bytes written so far into the
variable indicated by the pointer argument. Instead a
syslog(3) message will be generated, after which the program is
- A ‘
%’ is written. No argument is converted. The complete conversion specification is ‘
In no case does a non-existent or small field width cause truncation of a numeric field; if the result of a conversion is wider than the field width, the field is expanded to contain the conversion result.
btowc(3), fputws(3), printf(3), putwc(3), setlocale(3), wcsrtombs(3)
vswprintf() functions conform to
On systems other than OpenBSD, the
category can cause erratic output; see CAVEATS in
setlocale(3) for details.