asprintf, vasprintf − print to allocated string #include<stdio.h> , const char *int asprintf(char **strp , const char *int vasprintf(char **strp The functions and are analogs of and except that they allocate a string large enough to hold the output including the terminating null byte ('\0'), and return a pointer to it via the first argument. This pointer should be passed to to release the allocated storage when it is no longer needed. When successful, these functions return the number of bytes printed, just like If memory allocation wasn’t possible, or some other error occurs, these functions will return −1, and the contents of strp are undefined. For an explanation of the terms used in this section, see ┌────────────────────────┬───────────────┬────────────────┐ │Interface │ Attribute │ Value │ ├────────────────────────┼───────────────┼────────────────┤ │ │ Thread safety │ MT‐Safe locale │ └────────────────────────┴───────────────┴────────────────┘ These functions are GNU extensions, not in C or POSIX. They are also available under *BSD. The FreeBSD implementation sets strp to NULL on error. This page is part of release 5.07 of the Linux man‐pages project. A description of the project, information about reporting bugs, and the latest version of this page, can be found at https://www.kernel.org/doc/man−pages/.