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/* GLIB - Library of useful routines for C programming
 * Copyright (C) 1995-1997  Peter Mattis, Spencer Kimball and Josh MacDonald
 *
 * This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
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 * modify it under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public
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 * License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either
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 * version 2.1 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.
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 *
 * This library is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
 * but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
 * MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the GNU
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 * Lesser General Public License for more details.
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 * You should have received a copy of the GNU Lesser General Public
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 * License along with this library; if not, see <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/>.
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/*
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 * Modified by the GLib Team and others 1997-2000.  See the AUTHORS
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 * file for a list of people on the GLib Team.  See the ChangeLog
 * files for a list of changes.  These files are distributed with
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 * GLib at ftp://ftp.gtk.org/pub/gtk/.
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/**
 * SECTION:error_reporting
 * @Title: Error Reporting
 * @Short_description: a system for reporting errors
 *
 * GLib provides a standard method of reporting errors from a called
 * function to the calling code. (This is the same problem solved by
 * exceptions in other languages.) It's important to understand that
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 * this method is both a data type (the #GError struct) and a [set of
 * rules][gerror-rules]. If you use #GError incorrectly, then your code will not
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 * properly interoperate with other code that uses #GError, and users
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 * of your API will probably get confused. In most cases, [using #GError is
 * preferred over numeric error codes][gerror-comparison], but there are
 * situations where numeric error codes are useful for performance.
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 *
 * First and foremost: #GError should only be used to report recoverable
 * runtime errors, never to report programming errors. If the programmer
 * has screwed up, then you should use g_warning(), g_return_if_fail(),
 * g_assert(), g_error(), or some similar facility. (Incidentally,
 * remember that the g_error() function should only be used for
 * programming errors, it should not be used to print any error
 * reportable via #GError.)
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 *
 * Examples of recoverable runtime errors are "file not found" or
 * "failed to parse input." Examples of programming errors are "NULL
 * passed to strcmp()" or "attempted to free the same pointer twice."
 * These two kinds of errors are fundamentally different: runtime errors
 * should be handled or reported to the user, programming errors should
 * be eliminated by fixing the bug in the program. This is why most
 * functions in GLib and GTK+ do not use the #GError facility.
 *
 * Functions that can fail take a return location for a #GError as their
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 * last argument. On error, a new #GError instance will be allocated and
 * returned to the caller via this argument. For example:
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 * |[<!-- language="C" -->
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 * gboolean g_file_get_contents (const gchar  *filename,
 *                               gchar       **contents,
 *                               gsize        *length,
 *                               GError      **error);
 * ]|
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 * If you pass a non-%NULL value for the `error` argument, it should
 * point to a location where an error can be placed. For example:
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 * |[<!-- language="C" -->
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 * gchar *contents;
 * GError *err = NULL;
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 *
 * g_file_get_contents ("foo.txt", &contents, NULL, &err);
 * g_assert ((contents == NULL && err != NULL) || (contents != NULL && err == NULL));
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 * if (err != NULL)
 *   {
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 *     // Report error to user, and free error
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 *     g_assert (contents == NULL);
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 *     fprintf (stderr, "Unable to read file: %s\n", err->message);
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 *     g_error_free (err);
 *   }
 * else
 *   {
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 *     // Use file contents
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 *     g_assert (contents != NULL);
 *   }
 * ]|
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 * Note that `err != NULL` in this example is a reliable indicator
 * of whether g_file_get_contents() failed. Additionally,
 * g_file_get_contents() returns a boolean which
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 * indicates whether it was successful.
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 *
 * Because g_file_get_contents() returns %FALSE on failure, if you
 * are only interested in whether it failed and don't need to display
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 * an error message, you can pass %NULL for the @error argument:
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 * |[<!-- language="C" -->
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 * if (g_file_get_contents ("foo.txt", &contents, NULL, NULL)) // ignore errors
 *   // no error occurred 
 *   ;
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 * else
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 *   // error
 *   ;
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 * ]|
 *
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 * The #GError object contains three fields: @domain indicates the module
 * the error-reporting function is located in, @code indicates the specific
 * error that occurred, and @message is a user-readable error message with
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 * as many details as possible. Several functions are provided to deal
 * with an error received from a called function: g_error_matches()
 * returns %TRUE if the error matches a given domain and code,
 * g_propagate_error() copies an error into an error location (so the
 * calling function will receive it), and g_clear_error() clears an
 * error location by freeing the error and resetting the location to
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 * %NULL. To display an error to the user, simply display the @message,
 * perhaps along with additional context known only to the calling
 * function (the file being opened, or whatever - though in the
 * g_file_get_contents() case, the @message already contains a filename).
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 *
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 * Note, however, that many error messages are too technical to display to the
 * user in an application, so prefer to use g_error_matches() to categorize errors
 * from called functions, and build an appropriate error message for the context
 * within your application. Error messages from a #GError are more appropriate
 * to be printed in system logs or on the command line. They are typically
 * translated.
 *
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 * When implementing a function that can report errors, the basic
 * tool is g_set_error(). Typically, if a fatal error occurs you
 * want to g_set_error(), then return immediately. g_set_error()
 * does nothing if the error location passed to it is %NULL.
 * Here's an example:
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 * |[<!-- language="C" -->
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 * gint
 * foo_open_file (GError **error)
 * {
 *   gint fd;
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 *   int saved_errno;
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 *
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 *   g_return_val_if_fail (error == NULL || *error == NULL, -1);
 *
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 *   fd = open ("file.txt", O_RDONLY);
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 *   saved_errno = errno;
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 *
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 *   if (fd < 0)
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 *     {
 *       g_set_error (error,
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 *                    FOO_ERROR,                 // error domain
 *                    FOO_ERROR_BLAH,            // error code
 *                    "Failed to open file: %s", // error message format string
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 *                    g_strerror (saved_errno));
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 *       return -1;
 *     }
 *   else
 *     return fd;
 * }
 * ]|
 *
 * Things are somewhat more complicated if you yourself call another
 * function that can report a #GError. If the sub-function indicates
 * fatal errors in some way other than reporting a #GError, such as
 * by returning %TRUE on success, you can simply do the following:
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 * gboolean
 * my_function_that_can_fail (GError **err)
 * {
 *   g_return_val_if_fail (err == NULL || *err == NULL, FALSE);
 *
 *   if (!sub_function_that_can_fail (err))
 *     {
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 *       // assert that error was set by the sub-function
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 *       g_assert (err == NULL || *err != NULL);
 *       return FALSE;
 *     }
 *
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 *   // otherwise continue, no error occurred
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 *   g_assert (err == NULL || *err == NULL);
 * }
 * ]|
 *
 * If the sub-function does not indicate errors other than by
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 * reporting a #GError (or if its return value does not reliably indicate
 * errors) you need to create a temporary #GError
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 * since the passed-in one may be %NULL. g_propagate_error() is
 * intended for use in this case.
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 * gboolean
 * my_function_that_can_fail (GError **err)
 * {
 *   GError *tmp_error;
 *
 *   g_return_val_if_fail (err == NULL || *err == NULL, FALSE);
 *
 *   tmp_error = NULL;
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 *   sub_function_that_can_fail (&tmp_error);
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 *
 *   if (tmp_error != NULL)
 *     {
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 *       // store tmp_error in err, if err != NULL,
 *       // otherwise call g_error_free() on tmp_error
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 *       g_propagate_error (err, tmp_error);
 *       return FALSE;
 *     }
 *
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 *   // otherwise continue, no error occurred
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 * }
 * ]|
 *
 * Error pileups are always a bug. For example, this code is incorrect:
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 * gboolean
 * my_function_that_can_fail (GError **err)
 * {
 *   GError *tmp_error;
 *
 *   g_return_val_if_fail (err == NULL || *err == NULL, FALSE);
 *
 *   tmp_error = NULL;
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 *   sub_function_that_can_fail (&tmp_error);
 *   other_function_that_can_fail (&tmp_error);
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 *
 *   if (tmp_error != NULL)
 *     {
 *       g_propagate_error (err, tmp_error);
 *       return FALSE;
 *     }
 * }
 * ]|
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 * @tmp_error should be checked immediately after sub_function_that_can_fail(),
 * and either cleared or propagated upward. The rule is: after each error,
 * you must either handle the error, or return it to the calling function.
 *
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 * Note that passing %NULL for the error location is the equivalent
 * of handling an error by always doing nothing about it. So the
 * following code is fine, assuming errors in sub_function_that_can_fail()
 * are not fatal to my_function_that_can_fail():
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 * gboolean
 * my_function_that_can_fail (GError **err)
 * {
 *   GError *tmp_error;
 *
 *   g_return_val_if_fail (err == NULL || *err == NULL, FALSE);
 *
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 *   sub_function_that_can_fail (NULL); // ignore errors
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 *   tmp_error = NULL;
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 *   other_function_that_can_fail (&tmp_error);
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 *
 *   if (tmp_error != NULL)
 *     {
 *       g_propagate_error (err, tmp_error);
 *       return FALSE;
 *     }
 * }
 * ]|
 *
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 * Note that passing %NULL for the error location ignores errors;
 * it's equivalent to
 * `try { sub_function_that_can_fail (); } catch (...) {}`
 * in C++. It does not mean to leave errors unhandled; it means
 * to handle them by doing nothing.
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 *
 * Error domains and codes are conventionally named as follows:
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 * - The quark function for the error domain is called
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 * - The error codes are in an enumeration called
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 *   <Namespace><Module>Error;
 *   for example, #GThreadError or #GSpawnError.
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 * - Members of the error code enumeration are called
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 * - If there's a "generic" or "unknown" error code for unrecoverable
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 *   it should be called <NAMESPACE>_<MODULE>_ERROR_FAILED,
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 *   for example %G_SPAWN_ERROR_FAILED. In the case of error code
 *   enumerations that may be extended in future releases, you should
 *   generally not handle this error code explicitly, but should
 *   instead treat any unrecognized error code as equivalent to
 *   FAILED.
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 * ## Comparison of #GError and traditional error handling # {#gerror-comparison}
 *
 * #GError has several advantages over traditional numeric error codes:
 * importantly, tools like
 * [gobject-introspection](https://developer.gnome.org/gi/stable/) understand
 * #GErrors and convert them to exceptions in bindings; the message includes
 * more information than just a code; and use of a domain helps prevent
 * misinterpretation of error codes.
 *
 * #GError has disadvantages though: it requires a memory allocation, and
 * formatting the error message string has a performance overhead. This makes it
 * unsuitable for use in retry loops where errors are a common case, rather than
 * being unusual. For example, using %G_IO_ERROR_WOULD_BLOCK means hitting these
 * overheads in the normal control flow. String formatting overhead can be
 * eliminated by using g_set_error_literal() in some cases.
 *
 * These performance issues can be compounded if a function wraps the #GErrors
 * returned by the functions it calls: this multiplies the number of allocations
 * and string formatting operations. This can be partially mitigated by using
 * g_prefix_error().
 *
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 * ## Rules for use of #GError # {#gerror-rules}
 *
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 * Summary of rules for use of #GError:
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 * - Do not report programming errors via #GError.
 * 
 * - The last argument of a function that returns an error should
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 *   be a location where a #GError can be placed (i.e. "#GError** error").
 *   If #GError is used with varargs, the #GError** should be the last
 *   argument before the "...".
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 * - The caller may pass %NULL for the #GError** if they are not interested
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 *   in details of the exact error that occurred.
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 * - If %NULL is passed for the #GError** argument, then errors should
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 *   not be returned to the caller, but your function should still
 *   abort and return if an error occurs. That is, control flow should
 *   not be affected by whether the caller wants to get a #GError.
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 * - If a #GError is reported, then your function by definition had a
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 *   fatal failure and did not complete whatever it was supposed to do.
 *   If the failure was not fatal, then you handled it and you should not
 *   report it. If it was fatal, then you must report it and discontinue
 *   whatever you were doing immediately.
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 * - If a #GError is reported, out parameters are not guaranteed to
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 *   be set to any defined value.
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 * - A #GError* must be initialized to %NULL before passing its address
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 *   to a function that can report errors.
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 * - "Piling up" errors is always a bug. That is, if you assign a
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 *   new #GError to a #GError* that is non-%NULL, thus overwriting
 *   the previous error, it indicates that you should have aborted
 *   the operation instead of continuing. If you were able to continue,
 *   you should have cleared the previous error with g_clear_error().
 *   g_set_error() will complain if you pile up errors.
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 * - By convention, if you return a boolean value indicating success
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 *   then %TRUE means success and %FALSE means failure. Avoid creating
 *   functions which have a boolean return value and a GError parameter,
 *   but where the boolean does something other than signal whether the
 *   GError is set.  Among other problems, it requires C callers to allocate
 *   a temporary error.  Instead, provide a "gboolean *" out parameter.
 *   There are functions in GLib itself such as g_key_file_has_key() that
 *   are deprecated because of this. If %FALSE is returned, the error must
 *   be set to a non-%NULL value.  One exception to this is that in situations
 *   that are already considered to be undefined behaviour (such as when a
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 *   g_return_val_if_fail() check fails), the error need not be set.
 *   Instead of checking separately whether the error is set, callers
 *   should ensure that they do not provoke undefined behaviour, then
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 *   assume that the error will be set on failure.
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 *   occurred. You should make clear in your documentation whether %NULL
 *   is a valid return value in non-error cases; if %NULL is a valid value,
 *   then users must check whether an error was returned to see if the
 *   function succeeded.
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 * - When implementing a function that can report errors, you may want
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 *   to add a check at the top of your function that the error return
 *   location is either %NULL or contains a %NULL error (e.g.
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 *   `g_return_if_fail (error == NULL || *error == NULL);`).
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#include "config.h"

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#include "gerror.h"
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#include "gslice.h"
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#include "gstrfuncs.h"
#include "gtestutils.h"
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/**
 * g_error_new_valist:
 * @domain: error domain
 * @code: error code
 * @format: printf()-style format for error message
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 * @args: #va_list of parameters for the message format
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 *
 * Creates a new #GError with the given @domain and @code,
 * and a message formatted with @format.
 *
 * Returns: a new #GError
 *
 * Since: 2.22
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 */
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GError*
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g_error_new_valist (GQuark       domain,
                    gint         code,
                    const gchar *format,
                    va_list      args)
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{
  GError *error;
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  /* Historically, GError allowed this (although it was never meant to work),
   * and it has significant use in the wild, which g_return_val_if_fail
   * would break. It should maybe g_return_val_if_fail in GLib 4.
   * (GNOME#660371, GNOME#560482)
   */
  g_warn_if_fail (domain != 0);
  g_warn_if_fail (format != NULL);

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  error = g_slice_new (GError);
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  error->domain = domain;
  error->code = code;
  error->message = g_strdup_vprintf (format, args);
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  return error;
}

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/**
 * g_error_new:
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 * @domain: error domain
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 * @code: error code
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 * @format: printf()-style format for error message
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 * @...: parameters for message format
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 *
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 * Creates a new #GError with the given @domain and @code,
 * and a message formatted with @format.
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 * Returns: a new #GError
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 */
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GError*
g_error_new (GQuark       domain,
             gint         code,
             const gchar *format,
             ...)
{
  GError* error;
  va_list args;
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  g_return_val_if_fail (format != NULL, NULL);
  g_return_val_if_fail (domain != 0, NULL);
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  va_start (args, format);
  error = g_error_new_valist (domain, code, format, args);
  va_end (args);
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  return error;
}
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/**
 * g_error_new_literal:
 * @domain: error domain
 * @code: error code
 * @message: error message
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 *
 * Creates a new #GError; unlike g_error_new(), @message is
 * not a printf()-style format string. Use this function if
 * @message contains text you don't have control over,
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 * that could include printf() escape sequences.
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 * Returns: a new #GError
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 **/
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GError*
g_error_new_literal (GQuark         domain,
                     gint           code,
                     const gchar   *message)
{
  GError* err;
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  g_return_val_if_fail (message != NULL, NULL);
  g_return_val_if_fail (domain != 0, NULL);
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  err = g_slice_new (GError);
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  err->domain = domain;
  err->code = code;
  err->message = g_strdup (message);
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 * g_error_free:
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 * Frees a #GError and associated resources.
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 * g_error_copy:
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                 gint          code)
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 * Does nothing if @err is %NULL; if @err is non-%NULL, then *@err
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             GQuark        domain,
             gint          code,
             const gchar  *format,
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    return;
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      g_error_free (new);
    }
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 * Use this function if @message contains text you don't have control over,
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                     GQuark        domain,
                     gint          code,
                     const gchar  *message)
{
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    {
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        g_error_free (src);
      return;
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          g_error_free (src);
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                    const gchar  *format,
                    va_list       ap)
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                const gchar  *format,
                ...)
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    {
      va_list ap;

      va_start (ap, format);
      g_error_add_prefix (&(*err)->message, format, ap);
      va_end (ap);
    }
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 * g_propagate_prefixed_error:
 * @dest: error return location
 * @src: error to move into the return location
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                            GError       *src,
                            const gchar  *format,
                            ...)
{
  g_propagate_error (dest, src);

  if (dest && *dest)
    {
      va_list ap;

      va_start (ap, format);
      g_error_add_prefix (&(*dest)->message, format, ap);
      va_end (ap);
    }
}