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+## Copyright (C) 2000 Paul Kienzle
+##
+## This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
+## it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
+## the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
+## (at your option) any later version.
+##
+## This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
+## but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
+## MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the
+## GNU General Public License for more details.
+##
+## You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
+## along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
+## Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston, MA  02111-1307  USA
+
+## usage: p=lasterr
+##
+## returns the last error message
+##
+## lasterr('text') does nothing, but is provided for compatibility
+##
+## Limitations: only returns error if called from catch portion of
+## a try/catch block; doesn't seem to work from 2.1.31. Confirm?
+function p=lasterr(s)
+  p=__error_text__;