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NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

     bsearch - binary search of a sorted table

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]

     #include <stdlib.h>

     void *
     bsearch(const void *key, const  void  *base,  size_t  nmemb,
size_t size,
             int (*compar) (const void *, const void *));

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

     The  bsearch()  function searches an array of nmemb objects,
the initial
     member of which is pointed to by base,  for  a  member  that
matches the object
  pointed to by key.  The size of each member of the array is specified
 by size.

     The contents of the array should be in ascending sorted  order according
     to the comparison function referenced by compar.  The compar
routine is
     expected to have two arguments which point to the key object
and to an
     array  member,  in  that order, and should return an integer
less than,
     equal to, or greater than zero if the key object  is  found,
     to be less than, to match, or be greater than the array member.

RETURN VALUES    [Toc]    [Back]

     The bsearch() function returns a pointer to a matching  member of the array,
 or a null pointer if no match is found.  If two members
compare as
     equal, which member is matched is unspecified.

SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]

     db(3), lsearch(3), qsort(3), tsearch(3)

STANDARDS    [Toc]    [Back]

     The bsearch() function conforms to ANSI X3.159-1989  (``ANSI

OpenBSD      3.6                          April      19,     1994
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