addseverity - build a list of severity levels for an application for use
int addseverity(int severity, const char *string);
The addseverity function builds a list of severity levels for an
application to be used with the message formatting facility, fmtmsg.
severity is an integer value indicating the seriousness of the condition,
and string is a pointer to a string describing the condition (string is
not limited to a specific size).
If addseverity is called with an integer value that has not been
previously defined, the function adds that new severity value and print
string to the existing set of standard severity levels.
If addseverity is called with an integer value that has been previously
defined, the function redefines that value with the new print string.
Previously defined severity levels may be removed by supplying the NULL
string. If addseverity is called with a negative number or an integer
value of 0, 1, 2, 3, or 4, the function fails and returns -1. The values
0-4 are reserved for the standard severity levels and cannot be modified.
Identifiers for the standard levels of severity are:
MM_HALT indicates that the application has encountered a
severe fault and is halting. Produces the print
MM_ERROR indicates that the application has detected a fault.
Produces the print string ERROR.
MM_WARNING indicates a condition that is out of the ordinary,
that might be a problem, and should be watched.
Produces the print string WARNING.
MM_INFO provides information about a condition that is not in
error. Produces the print string INFO.
MM_NOSEV indicates that no severity level is supplied for the
Severity levels may also be defined at run time using the SEV_LEVEL
environment variable [see fmtmsg(3C)].
When the function addseverity is used as follows:
the following call to fmtmsg:
fmtmsg(MM_PRINT, "UX:cat", 7, "invalid syntax", "refer to manual",
UX:cat: ALERT: invalid syntax
TO FIX: refer to manual UX:cat:001
A slightly different standard error message format and new developer
interfaces, pfmt, lfmt, and addsev, are being introduced as the
replacements for fmtmsg and addseverity. fmtmsg and addseverity will be
removed at a future time.
fmtmsg(1M), fmtmsg(3C), gettxt(3C), printf(3S).
addseverity returns MM_OK on success or MM_NOTOK on failure.
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