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<refmeta><refentrytitle>dstring_t</refentrytitle>
<manvolnum>3</manvolnum></refmeta>

<refnamediv><refname>dstring_t</refname>
<refpurpose>data structure for dynamic string representation</refpurpose>
</refnamediv>

<refsynopsisdiv><synopsis>
#include &lt;cds/dstring.h&gt;

typedef struct _dstring_t {
	dlink_t buffers;
	int len;
	int buff_size;
} dstring_t;
</synopsis></refsynopsisdiv>

<refsect1><title>Description</title>
<para>This structure represents dynamic string. It allows concatenation of
multiple strings without worry about memory allocations.</para>

<para>Internaly it uses list of data buffers which are allocated 
if needed. The content of dynamic string may be copied out from internal buffers
using simple function call (see <xref linkend="dstr_get_data"/>).
</para>

<para>This structure is used as base for simple object serialization (see <xref
linkend="serialization"/>).
</para>

<refsect2><title>Members</title>
<para><variablelist>
<varlistentry>
	<term><varname>buffers</varname></term>
	<listitem><para>linked list of allocated data buffers</para></listitem>
</varlistentry>
<varlistentry>
	<term><varname>len</varname></term>
	<listitem><para>whole string length</para></listitem>
</varlistentry>
<varlistentry>
	<term><varname>buff_size</varname></term>
	<listitem><para>size of newly allocated buffers</para></listitem>
</varlistentry>
</variablelist></para>
<para>Warning - structure internals may change! For manipulation use
manipulation functions.</para>
</refsect2>

</refsect1>

<refsect1><title>Example</title>
<programlisting>
#include &lt;cds/dstring.h&gt;
#include &lt;cds/sstr.h&gt;

int main(int argc, char **argv)
{
	dstring_t str;
	str_t s;

	dstr_init(&amp;str, 256);
	dstr_append_zt(&amp;str,"This is a ");
	dstr_append_zt(&amp;str,"very long ");
	dstr_append_zt(&amp;str,"string.");
	if (dstr_get_str(&amp;str, &amp;s) == 0) {
		printf("result: %.*s\n", FMT_STR(s));	
		str_free_content(&amp;s);
	}
	dstr_destroy(&amp;str);

	return 0;
}	
</programlisting>
<para>This will result in</para>
<para><computeroutput>result: This is a very long
string.</computeroutput>
</para>
</refsect1>

<refsect1><title>Todo</title>
<para>Create a function like sprintf.
</para>
</refsect1>

<refsect1><title>See Also</title>
<para>
<xref linkend="dstr_init"/>,
<xref linkend="dstr_get_data"/>,
<xref linkend="dstr_append"/>,
<xref linkend="str_t"/>
</para>
</refsect1>

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