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 16.4.4 Constructor Functions
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 The API provides a number of "constructor" functions for creating string
 and numeric values, as well as a number of convenience macros.  This
 node presents them all as function prototypes, in the way that extension
 code would use them:
 
 'static inline awk_value_t *'
 'make_const_string(const char *string, size_t length, awk_value_t *result);'
      This function creates a string value in the 'awk_value_t' variable
      pointed to by 'result'.  It expects 'string' to be a C string
      constant (or other string data), and automatically creates a _copy_
      of the data for storage in 'result'.  It returns 'result'.
 
 'static inline awk_value_t *'
 'make_malloced_string(const char *string, size_t length, awk_value_t *result);'
      This function creates a string value in the 'awk_value_t' variable
      pointed to by 'result'.  It expects 'string' to be a 'char *' value
      pointing to data previously obtained from 'gawk_malloc()',
      'gawk_calloc()', or 'gawk_realloc()'.  The idea here is that the
      data is passed directly to 'gawk', which assumes responsibility for
      it.  It returns 'result'.
 
 'static inline awk_value_t *'
 'make_null_string(awk_value_t *result);'
      This specialized function creates a null string (the "undefined"
      value) in the 'awk_value_t' variable pointed to by 'result'.  It
      returns 'result'.
 
 'static inline awk_value_t *'
 'make_number(double num, awk_value_t *result);'
      This function simply creates a numeric value in the 'awk_value_t'
      variable pointed to by 'result'.
 
 'static inline awk_value_t *'
 'make_number_mpz(void *mpz, awk_value_t *result);'
      This function creates a GMP number value in 'result'.  The 'mpz'
      must be from a call to 'get_mpz_ptr()' (and thus be of real
      underlying type 'mpz_ptr').  'gawk' takes ownership of this memory.
 
 'static inline awk_value_t *'
 'make_number_mpfr(void *mpfr, awk_value_t *result);'
      This function creates an MPFR number value in 'result'.  The 'mpfr'
      must be from a call to 'get_mpfr_ptr()'.  (and thus be of real
      underlying type 'mpfr_ptr') 'gawk' takes ownership of this memory.
 
 'static inline awk_value_t *'
 'make_const_user_input(const char *string, size_t length, awk_value_t *result);'
      This function is identical to 'make_const_string()', but the string
      is flagged as user input that should be treated as a strnum value
      if the contents of the string are numeric.
 
 'static inline awk_value_t *'
 'make_malloced_user_input(const char *string, size_t length, awk_value_t *result);'
      This function is identical to 'make_malloced_string()', but the
      string is flagged as user input that should be treated as a strnum
      value if the contents of the string are numeric.
 
 'static inline awk_value_t *'
 'make_const_regex(const char *string, size_t length, awk_value_t *result);'
      This function creates a strongly typed regexp value by allocating a
      copy of the string.  'string' is the regular expression of length
      'len'.
 
 'static inline awk_value_t *'
 'make_malloced_regex(const char *string, size_t length, awk_value_t *result);'
      This function creates a strongly typed regexp value.  'string' is
      the regular expression of length 'len'.  It expects 'string' to be
      a 'char *' value pointing to data previously obtained from
      'gawk_malloc()', 'gawk_calloc()', or 'gawk_realloc()'.
 
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