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I saw a code sample some time ago that I believe used a STR# resource built into the system to translate sn OSErr error code into an english message. Does anyonw know the resource ID or of any other built-in way to do this. I want to avoid creating a masssive case statement that I have to maintain.
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Yes you can get the error text built in :)
It is tricky though.

There is a file in your development environment called SysErrs.err.
For Codewarior it is in Metrowerks:Metrowerks Codewarior:SysErrs.err.

COPY this file to the same folder as your application.
I am not sure if it works with aliases.

In your project file you need to link with either PPCToolLibs.o for PPC or NuToolLibs.o for 68K

In your source code:
#include <string.h>
#include <stdio.h>

#include <ErrMgr.h>               // Error manager include
#include <Errors.h>

void main(void)
{
    char errorstring[256];        // buffer for error text
    OSErr err;                    // error number
 
    printf("Error test\n");
    pascalStrings = true;         // pascal string for errors
                                  // init the error manager
                                  // first param is path to tool error file
                                  // second is pacth to sys error file
                                  // since the file is in the same folder
                                  // we pass null
                                  // last param to incluyde error number in text
    InitErrMgr(NULL, NULL, true);


      err = notEnoughHardwareErr;   // some error number
                                    // get the error text
      GetSysErrText(err, errorstring);
                                  
      p2cstr((StringPtr)errorstring);// convert pascal to C string
                                     // display error
      printf("%d %s\n", err, errorstring);

}

You may want to look at <ErrMgr.h> for more detail
Good Luck
Paul Baxter
pbaxter@assistivetech.com
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by:creality
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Paul answer was great. He even provided some source code as a sample, going beyond what I would have expected.



Thanks Paul.
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by:rickyr
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Hi.
It is good to see that some are here to help others, rather than for the points.
a perfect example to set for other forums.

All credit to you creality.


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