Updated: 2021/Apr/14

STRTONUM(3)                Library Functions Manual                STRTONUM(3)

     strtonum - reliably convert string value to an integer

     #define _OPENBSD_SOURCE

     #include <stdlib.h>

     long long
     strtonum(const char *nptr, long long minval, long long maxval,
         const char **errstr);

     The strtonum() function converts the string in nptr to a long long value.

     The string may begin with an arbitrary amount of whitespace (as
     determined by isspace(3)) followed by a single optional `+' or `-' sign.

     The remainder of the string is converted to a long long value according
     to base 10.

     The value obtained is then checked against the provided minval and maxval
     bounds.  If errstr is non-null, strtonum() stores an error string in
     *errstr indicating the failure.

     The strtonum() function returns the result of the conversion, unless the
     value would exceed the provided bounds or is invalid.  On error, 0 is
     returned, errno is set, and errstr will point to an error message.
     *errstr will be set to NULL on success; this fact can be used to
     differentiate a successful return of 0 from an error.

     Using strtonum() correctly is meant to be simpler than the alternative

           int iterations;
           const char *errstr;

           iterations = strtonum(optarg, 1, 64, &errstr);
           if (errstr)
                   errx(1, "number of iterations is %s: %s", errstr, optarg);

     The above example will guarantee that the value of iterations is between
     1 and 64 (inclusive).

     [EINVAL]           The given string did not consist solely of digit
                        characters; or minval was larger than maxval.

     [ERANGE]           The given string was out of range.

     If an error occurs, errstr will be set to one of the following strings:

     "too large"  The result was larger than the provided maximum value.
     "too small"  The result was smaller than the provided minimum value.
     "invalid"    The string did not consist solely of digit characters.

     atof(3), atoi(3), atol(3), atoll(3), sscanf(3), strtod(3), strtoi(3),
     strtol(3), strtoll(3), strtou(3), strtoul(3), strtoull(3)

     strtonum() is an OpenBSD extension.

     The strtonum() function first appeared in OpenBSD 3.6.  strtonum() was
     redesigned in NetBSD 8 as strtoi(3) and strtou(3).  For compatibility
     reasons it's available since NetBSD 8 in the _OPENBSD_SOURCE namespace.

     The strtonum() function was designed to facilitate safe, robust
     programming and overcome the shortcomings of the atoi(3) and strtol(3)
     family of interfaces, however there are problems with the strtonum() API:

     -   will return 0 on failure; 0 might not be in range, so that
         necessitates an error check even if you want to avoid it

     -   does not differentiate 'illegal' returns, so we can't tell the
         difference between partial and no conversions

     -   returns english strings

     -   can't set the base, or find where the conversion ended

     -   hardcodes long long integer type
     To overcome the shortcomings of strtonum() NetBSD provides strtou(3) and

NetBSD 9.99                    January 18, 2015                    NetBSD 9.99