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A

allow-none

NULL is OK, both for passing and for returning.

array

Parameter points to an array of items.

C

closure

This parameter is a 'user_data', for callbacks; many bindings can pass NULL here.

E

element-type

Generics and defining elements of containers and arrays.

I

inout

Parameter for input and for returning results. Default is transfer full.

N

nullable

NULL may be passed as the value in, out, in-out; or as a return value.

O

optional

NULL may be passed instead of a pointer to a location.

out

Parameter for returning results. Default is transfer full.

out caller-allocates

Out parameter, where caller must allocate storage.

S

scope call

The callback is valid only during the call to the method.

skip

Exposed in C code, not necessarily available in other languages.

T

transfer container

Free data container after the code is done.

transfer full

Free data after the code is done.

transfer none

Don't free data after the code is done.

U

Unstable

Unstable interfaces are experimental or transitional. They are typically used to give outside developers early access to new or rapidly changing technology, or to provide an interim solution to a problem where a more general solution is anticipated. No claims are made about either source or binary compatibility from one minor release to the next. The Unstable interface level is a warning that these interfaces are subject to change without warning and should not be used in unbundled products. Given such caveats, customer impact need not be a factor when considering incompatible changes to an Unstable interface in a major or minor release. Nonetheless, when such changes are introduced, the changes should still be mentioned in the release notes for the affected release.

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