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Moves the current read-write file pointer by an offset expressed as a 64-bit integer.


#include <prio.h>

PRInt64 PR_Seek64(
  PRFileDesc *fd,
  PRInt64 offset,
  PRSeekWhence whence);


The function has the following parameters:

A pointer to a PRFileDesc object.
A value, in bytes, used with the whence parameter to set the file pointer. A negative value causes seeking in the reverse direction.
A value of type PRSeekWhence that specifies how to interpret the offset parameter in setting the file pointer associated with the fd parameter. The value for the whence parameter can be one of the following:
  • PR_SEEK_SET. Sets the file pointer to the value of the offset parameter.
  • PR_SEEK_CUR. Sets the file pointer to its current location plus the value of the offset parameter.
  • PR_SEEK_END. Sets the file pointer to the size of the file plus the value of the offset parameter.


The function returns one of the following values:

  • If the function completes successfully, it returns the resulting file pointer location, measured in bytes from the beginning of the file.
  • If the function fails, the file pointer remains unchanged and the function returns -1. The error code can then be retrieved with PR_GetError.


This is the idiom for obtaining the current location (expressed as a 64-bit integer) of the file pointer for the file descriptor fd:

PR_Seek64(fd, 0, PR_SEEK_CUR)

If the operating system can handle only a 32-bit file offset, PR_Seek64 may fail with the error code PR_FILE_TOO_BIG_ERROR if the offset parameter is out of the range of a 32-bit integer.

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