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parsecmd - parse device commands


Cmdbuf* parsecmd(char *a, int n)


Parsecmd is an interface to tokenize (see getfields(10.2)), that safely parses a command, with blank-separated fields, as might be written to a device's ctl file. The buffer a and count n can be those passed to the driver's write function. Parsecmd converts the byte array (which might not be null-terminated) to a null-terminated string, trimming any trailing new line, before invoking tokenize to break the string into arguments, interpreting blank and tab as field separators when they are not quoted (in the style of sh(1)). It returns a pointer to a dynamically-allocated Cmdbuf structure, which holds a copy of the string as modified by parsefields, and the resulting fields; it is defined as follows:

struct Cmdbuf
	char	buf[128];
	char	*f[16];
	int	nf;
} Cmdbuf;

The array f holds the field pointers; nf gives the number of fields. Cmdbuf is allocated by smalloc (see malloc(10.2)), and the caller is responsible for freeing it using free.



PARSECMD(10.2 ) Rev:  Thu Feb 15 14:42:59 GMT 2007