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+.\" $Id$
+.\"
+.\" Copyright 1998 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
+.\"
+.\" Permission to use, copy, modify, and distribute this
+.\" software and its documentation for any purpose and without
+.\" fee is hereby granted, provided that the above copyright
+.\" notice appear in all copies and that both that copyright
+.\" notice and this permission notice appear in supporting
+.\" documentation, and that the name of M.I.T. not be used in
+.\" advertising or publicity pertaining to distribution of the
+.\" software without specific, written prior permission.
+.\" M.I.T. makes no representations about the suitability of
+.\" this software for any purpose. It is provided "as is"
+.\" without express or implied warranty.
+.\"
+.TH ARES_EXPAND_NAME 3 "23 July 1998"
+.SH NAME
+ares_expand_string \- Expand a length encoded string
+.SH SYNOPSIS
+.nf
+.B #include <ares.h>
+.PP
+.B int ares_expand_string(const unsigned char *\fIencoded\fP,
+.B const unsigned char *\fIabuf\fP, int \fIalen\fP, unsigned char **\fIs\fP,
+.B int *\fIenclen\fP)
+.fi
+.SH DESCRIPTION
+The
+.B ares_expand_string
+function converts a length encoded string to a NULL terminated C
+string. The argument
+.I encoded
+gives the beginning of the encoded string, and the arguments
+.I abuf
+and
+.I alen
+give the containing message buffer (necessary for the processing of
+indirection pointers within the encoded domain name). The result is
+placed in a NUL-terminated allocated buffer, a pointer to which is
+stored in the variable pointed to by
+.IR s .
+The length of the encoded string is stored in the variable pointed to by
+.I enclen
+so that the caller can advance past the encoded string to read
+further data in the message.
+.SH RETURN VALUES
+.B ares_expand_string
+can return any of the following values:
+.TP 15
+.B ARES_SUCCESS
+Expansion of the encoded string succeeded.
+.TP 15
+.B ARES_EBADSTR
+The encoded string was malformed and could not be expanded.
+.TP 15
+.B ARES_ENOMEM
+Memory was exhausted.
+.SH SEE ALSO
+.BR ares_free_string (3)
+.SH AUTHOR
+Dominick Meglio