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_mbsnbcat, _mbsnbcat_l 

Append, at most, the first n bytes of one multibyte-character string to another. These functions are deprecated because more secure versions are available; see _mbsnbcat_s, _mbsnbcat_s_l.


unsigned char *_mbsnbcat(
   unsigned char *dest,
   const unsigned char *src,
   size_t count 
);
unsigned char *_mbsnbcat_l(
   unsigned char *dest,
   const unsigned char *src,
   size_t count,
   _locale_t locale
);
template <size_t size>
unsigned char *_mbsnbcat(
   unsigned char (&dest)[size],
   const unsigned char *src,
   size_t count 
); // C++ only
template <size_t size>
unsigned char *_mbsnbcat_l(
   unsigned char (&dest)[size],
   const unsigned char *src,
   size_t count,
   _locale_t locale
); // C++ only

Parameters

dest

Null-terminated multibyte-character destination string.

src

Null-terminated multibyte-character source string.

count

Number of bytes from src to append to dest.

locale

Locale to use.

_mbsnbcat returns a pointer to the destination string. No return value is reserved to indicate an error.

The _mbsnbcat function appends, at most, the first count bytes of src to dest. If the byte immediately preceding the null character in dest is a lead byte, the initial byte of src overwrites this lead byte. Otherwise, the initial byte of src overwrites the terminating null character of dest. If a null byte appears in src before count bytes are appended, _mbsnbcat appends all bytes from src, up to the null character. If count is greater than the length of src, the length of src is used in place of count. The resulting string is terminated with a null character. If copying takes place between strings that overlap, the behavior is undefined.

The output value is affected by the setting of the LC_CTYPE category setting of the locale; see setlocale for more information. The _mbsnbcat version of the function uses the current locale for this locale-dependent behavior; the _mbsnbcat_l version is identical except that they use the locale parameter passed in instead.

Security Note   Use a null-terminated string. The null-terminated string must not exceed the size of the destination buffer. For more information, see Avoiding Buffer Overruns.

If dest or src is NULL, the function will generate an invalid parameter error, as described in Parameter Validation. If the error is handled, the function returns EINVAL and sets errno to EINVAL.

In C++, these functions have template overloads that invoke the newer, secure counterparts of these functions. For more information, see Secure Template Overloads.

Generic-Text Routine Mappings
Tchar.h routine _UNICODE and _MBCS not defined _MBCS defined _UNICODE defined

_tcsncat

strncat

_mbsnbcat

wcsncat

_tcsncat_l

_strncat_l

_mbsnbcat_l

_wcsncat_l

Routine Required header Compatibility

_mbsnbcat

<mbstring.h>

Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional, Windows Server 2003

_mbsnbcat_l

<mbstring.h>

Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional, Windows Server 2003

For more compatibility information, see Compatibility in the Introduction.

Not applicable. To call the standard C function, use PInvoke. For more information, see Platform Invoke Examples.

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