catopen -- open message catalog catname


catopen [-fail|-nofail] catname


Opens the message catalog catname. This may be a relative pathname, in which case the NLSPATH environment variable is searched to find an absolute path to the message catalog. A handle in the form msgcatN is returned. Normally, errors are ignored, and in the case of a failed call to catopen, a handle is returned to an unopened message catalog. (This handle may still be passed to catgets and catclose, causing catgets to simply return the default string, as described above. If the -fail option is specified, an error is returned if the open fails. The option -nofail specifies the default behavior of not returning an error when catopen fails to open a specified message catalog. If the handle from a failed catopen is passed to catgets, the default string is returned.

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