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Converting Error Codes to Error Messages

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Wolfgang Schreiber
Novell, Inc.

01 Jan 2001

If you're a developer and want to display more information than a numeric return code when you call a NetWare API , you can either create your own code-to-message conversion table, or if you're developing to Windows, use an existing DLL that does this conversion for you. It can also translate about every known NetWare return code.

NWErr16.DLL and NWErr32.DLL export a single function that takes a number as argument, and returns the error string.

You will find this DLL--together with samples in C, VB, and Delphi--in the TID area at

* Originally published in Novell AppNotes


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