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.\" $Id: mitem_new.3x,v 1.7 1998/11/29 01:11:38 Rick.Ohnemus Exp $
.TH mitem_new 3X ""
.SH NAME
\fBmitem_new\fR - create and destroy menu items
.SH SYNOPSIS
\fB#include <menu.h>\fR
.br
ITEM *new_item(const char *name, const char *description);
.br
int free_item(ITEM *item);
.br
.SH DESCRIPTION
The function \fBnew_item\fR allocates a new item and initializes it from the
\fBname\fR and \fBdescription\fR pointers. Please notice that the item stores
only the pointers to the name and description. Those pointers must be valid
during the lifetime of the item. So you should be very carefull with names
or descriptions allocated on the stack of some routines.
.br
The function \fBfree_item\fR de-allocates an item. Please notice that it
is the responsibility of the application to release the memory for the
name or the description of the item.
.SH RETURN VALUE
The function \fBnew_item\fR returns \fBNULL\fR on error.

The function \fBfree_item\fR returns one of the following:
.TP 5
\fBE_OK\fR
The routine succeeded.
.TP 5
\fBE_SYSTEM_ERROR\fR
System error occurred (see \fBerrno\fR).
.TP 5
\fBE_BAD_ARGUMENT\fR
Routine detected an incorrect or out-of-range argument.
.TP 5
\fBE_CONNECTED\fR
Item is connected to a menu.
.SH SEE ALSO
\fBcurses\fR(3X), \fBmenu\fR(3X).
.SH NOTES
The header file \fB<menu.h>\fR automatically includes the header file
\fB<curses.h>\fR.
.SH PORTABILITY
These routines emulate the System V menu library.  They were not supported on
Version 7 or BSD versions.
.SH AUTHORS
Juergen Pfeifer.  Manual pages and adaptation for new curses by Eric
S. Raymond.
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