gd_aliases—retrieve a list of aliases for a field in a Dirfile database
const char **gd_aliases(DIRFILE *dirfile, const char *field_code);
The gd_aliases() function queries a dirfile(5) database specified by dirfile and returns a read-only list of aliases of the field specified by field_code.
The dirfile argument must point to a valid DIRFILE object previously created by a call to gd_open(3).
The array returned will be de-allocated by a call to gd_close(3) and should not be de-allocated by the caller. The list returned should not be assumed to be in any particular order. The array is terminated by a NULL pointer. The number of strings in the array can be obtained from a call to gd_naliases(3).
The caller may not modify any strings in the array, or the array itself. Doing so may cause database corruption. The pointer returned is guaranteed to be valid until gd_aliases() is called again with the same arguments, or until the array is de-allocated by a call to gd_close(3).
Upon successful completion, gd_aliases() returns a pointer to an array of strings containing the values of all the aliases for the specified field. The array is terminated by a NULL pointer. If successful, this list will always contain at least one entry, to wit: field_code.
On error it returns NULL and sets the dirfile error to a non-zero error value. Possible error values are:
The dirfile error may be retrieved by calling gd_error(3). A descriptive error string for the last error encountered can be obtained from a call to gd_error_string(3).
The gd_aliases() function appeared in GetData-0.8.0.
gd_open(3), gd_alias_target(3), gd_naliases(3), dirfile(5)