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cdk_compat 3


cdk_compat(3)                                                  cdk_compat(3)




NAME

       cdk_compat - Cdk4 compatibility functions


SYNOPSIS


SYNOPSIS

       cc [ flag ... ] file ...  -lcdk [ library ... ]

       #include <cdk_compat.h>

       int getDirectoryContents (
                      char *directory,
                      char **list,
                      int maxListSize);

       int readFile ( char *filename,
                      char **info,
                      int maxlines);

       int splitString (
                      char *string,
                      char **items,
                      char splitChar);


DESCRIPTION

       These  functions and macros make it simpler to port applications from
       the older Cdk4 library to Cdk5.

       A few functions are deprecated in Cdk5, because they  rely  upon  the
       caller  to know in advance the size of data which will be returned by
       the function.

       Additionally, some macros are deprecated because they serve no  real-
       istic  purpose: they have direct (standard) equivalents in all modern
       curses implementations.

       Finally, a few macro definitions are added to iron out naming  incon-
       sistencies across the Cdk4 header files.


AVAILABLE FUNCTIONS

       getDirectoryContents
            This  opens  the  current directory and reads the contents.  Use
            CDKgetDirectoryContents() in new code.

       readFile
            This reads a file and sticks it into the char ** provided.   Use
            CDKreadFile() for new code.

       splitString
            This  splits  a  string  into  one or more parts given the split
            character.  Use CDKsplitString() for new code.


EXAMPLE

       Start the porting process by changing the #include's to use
              #include <cdk_compat.h>

       rather than
              #include <cdk.h>
       Some adjustments of course are needed to make your compiler  see  the
       compatibility  header file.  A separate name was chosen so that it in
       turn can (by adjusting the include path) include either the old  Cdk4
       cdk.h  or the new.  If the old is included, you should link your pro-
       gram against the old library.  Likewise, including the  new  requires
       that you link against the new library.

       That is the first step: making your program compile using the compat-
       ibility header file using the old headers and library.

       The next step is to get it to compile against  the  new  headers  and
       library.   Most of the changes will require modifying bare references
       to certain pointers to wrap them  with  the  ObjOf()  and  ScreenOf()
       macros.   New  Cdk  uses  these to provide functions which are easily
       shared among the different widget types.   Your  compiler  should  be
       able  to  tell you where the changes should be made.  See the example
       programs which are included with Cdk as a guide.

       That is the hard part of porting.  But even for a large program,  the
       changes  can  be made simply: there are not that many types of change
       to make.  At the end of this step, you should still be able to  build
       and run your program against the old headers and library.  It is rea-
       sonably likely that you can do the same  with  the  new  headers  and
       library.   By  using the same source for old/new versions of Cdk, you
       can test and verify that your  program  still  works  properly  after
       these modifications.

       Finally,  unless this is a purely academic exercise, you will want to
       remove references to the deprecated functions and macros.


SEE ALSO

       cdk_objs(3), cdk_util(3)



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