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+/*
+ * Copyright (c) 2000 Silicon Graphics, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.
+ * 
+ * This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it
+ * under the terms of version 2 of the GNU General Public License as
+ * published by the Free Software Foundation.
+ * 
+ * This program is distributed in the hope that it would be useful, but
+ * WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
+ * MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
+ * 
+ * Further, this software is distributed without any warranty that it is
+ * free of the rightful claim of any third person regarding infringement
+ * or the like.  Any license provided herein, whether implied or
+ * otherwise, applies only to this software file.  Patent licenses, if
+ * any, provided herein do not apply to combinations of this program with
+ * other software, or any other product whatsoever.
+ * 
+ * You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along
+ * with this program; if not, write the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 59
+ * Temple Place - Suite 330, Boston MA 02111-1307, USA.
+ * 
+ * Contact information: Silicon Graphics, Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy,
+ * Mountain View, CA  94043, or:
+ * 
+ * http://www.sgi.com 
+ * 
+ * For further information regarding this notice, see: 
+ * 
+ * http://oss.sgi.com/projects/GenInfo/NoticeExplan/
+ */
+#ifndef _DATAASCII_H_
+#define _DATAASCII_H_
+
+/***********************************************************************
+ * int dataasciigen(listofchars, buffer, size, offset)
+ *
+ * This function fills buffer with ascii characters.
+ * The ascii characters are obtained from listofchars or the CHARS array
+ *  if listofchars is NULL.
+ * Each char is selected by an index.  The index is the remainder
+ *  of count divided by the array size. 
+ * This method allows more than one process to write to a location
+ *  in a file without corrupting it for another process' point of view.
+ *
+ * The return value will be the number of character written in buffer
+ *  (size).
+ *
+ ***********************************************************************/
+int dataasciigen(char *, char *, int, int);
+
+/***********************************************************************
+ * int dataasciichk(listofchars, buffer, size, count, errmsg)
+ *
+ * This function checks the contents of a buffer produced by
+ *  dataasciigen.
+ *
+ * return values:
+ *	>= 0 : error at character count
+ *	< 0  : no error
+ ***********************************************************************/
+
+int dataasciichk(char *, char *, int, int, char**);
+
+#endif