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getwc — get a wide character from a stream
wint_t getwc(FILE * stream);
The functionality described on this reference page is aligned with the ISO C standard. Any conflict between the requirements described here and the ISO C standard is unintentional. This volume of POSIX.1‐2008 defers to the ISO C standard.
The getwc() function shall be equivalent to fgetwc(), except that if it is implemented as a macro it may evaluate stream more than once, so the argument should never be an expression with side-effects.
Refer to fgetwc().
The following sections are informative.
Since it may be implemented as a macro, getwc() may treat incorrectly a stream argument with side-effects. In particular, getwc(*f++) does not necessarily work as expected. Therefore, use of this function is not recommended; fgetwc() should be used instead.
Section 2.5, Standard I/O Streams, fgetwc()
The Base Definitions volume of POSIX.1‐2008, <stdio.h>, <wchar.h>
Portions of this text are reprinted and reproduced in electronic form from IEEE Std 1003.1, 2013 Edition, Standard for Information Technology -- Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX), The Open Group Base Specifications Issue 7, Copyright (C) 2013 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc and The Open Group. (This is POSIX.1-2008 with the 2013 Technical Corrigendum 1 applied.) In the event of any discrepancy between this version and the original IEEE and The Open Group Standard, the original IEEE and The Open Group Standard is the referee document. The original Standard can be obtained online at http://www.unix.org/online.html .
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