ASSERT_PERROR(3) Linux Programmer s Manual ASSERT_PERROR(3)

NAME assert_perror - test errnum and abort

SYNOPSIS #define _GNU_SOURCE #include <assert.h>

void assert_perror(int errnum);

DESCRIPTION If the macro NDEBUG was defined at the moment <assert.h> was last included, the macro assert_perror() generates no code, and hence does nothing at all. Otherwise, the macro assert_perror() prints an error message to standard output and terminates the program by calling abort() if errnum is non-zero. The message contains the filename, func- tion name and line number of the macro call, and the output of str- error(errnum).

RETURN VALUE No value is returned.

CONFORMING TO This is a GNU extension.

BUGS The purpose of the assert macros is to help the programmer find bugs in his program, things that cannot happen unless there was a coding mis- take. However, with system or library calls the situation is rather different, and error returns can happen, and will happen, and should be tested for. Not by an assert, where the test goes away when NDEBUG is defined, but by proper error handling code. Never use this macro.

SEE ALSO abort(3), assert(3), exit(3), strerror(3)

GNU 2002-08-25 ASSERT_PERROR(3)