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Obtains country-dependent formatting information that resides in the country file.


DosQueryCtryInfo(cb, pcc, pci, pcbActual)


cb (ULONG) - input 
The length, in bytes, of the data area (pci) provided by the caller.
A length value of 40 bytes is sufficient.
pcc (PCOUNTRYCODE) - input 
Pointer to the COUNTRYCODE structure in which the country code and code page are identified.
If country is set to 0, the country information for the default system country code is used.
If codepage is set to 0, the country information for the current process code page of the caller is used.
Refer to the COUNTRYCODE for a table of values for country code and code page identifier.
pci (PCOUNTRYINFO) - output 
A pointer to the COUNTRYINFO in which the country-dependent information is placed.
The caller provides this data area. The input parameter cb specifies the size of this area.
If this area is too small to hold all of the available information, then as much information as possible is provided in the available space (in the order in which the data would appear). If the amount of data returned is not enough to fill the memory area provided by the caller, then the memory that is unaltered by the available data is zeroed out. The format of the information returned in this buffer is as follows:
codepage is reserved, and must be set to 0. 
pcbActual (PULONG) - output 
A pointer to a ULONG in which country-dependent data is returned.

Return Code

ulrc (APIRET) - returns
DosQueryCtryInfo returns one of the following values:
  • 0 NO_ERROR


DosQueryCtryInfo obtains country-dependent formatting information that resides in the country file (the default name is COUNTRY.SYS).

The country-dependent information returned corresponds to the system country code or selected country code, and to the process code page or selected code page.

Example Code

This example displays the current date in country-dependent format.

#define INCL_DOSNLS        /* National Language Support values */
#define INCL_DOSDATETIME   /* Date and time values */
#define INCL_DOSERRORS     /* DOS error values */
#include <os2.h>
#include <stdio.h>

int main(VOID) {

COUNTRYCODE  Country    = {0};   /* Country code info (0 = current country) */
COUNTRYINFO  CtryInfo   = {0};   /* Buffer for country-specific information */
ULONG        ulInfoLen  = 0;
DATETIME     DateTime   = {0};       /* Date and time information           */
APIRET       rc         = NO_ERROR;  /* Return code                         */

  rc = DosQueryCtryInfo(sizeof(CtryInfo), &Country,
                         &CtryInfo, &ulInfoLen);

  if (rc != NO_ERROR) {
      printf("DosQueryCtryInfo error: return code = %u\n",rc);
      return 1;

  rc = DosGetDateTime(&DateTime);  /* Retrieve the current date and time  */

  if (rc != NO_ERROR) {
     printf ("DosGetDateTime error : return code = %u\n", rc);
     return 1;
  } else {
     switch (CtryInfo.fsDateFmt) {

     case(1):                                               /* dd/mm/yy */
     printf("Today is %d%s%d%s%d\n",, CtryInfo.szDateSeparator,
             DateTime.month, CtryInfo.szDateSeparator, DateTime.year);

     case(2):                                               /* yy/mm/dd */
     printf("Today is %d%s%d%s%d\n", DateTime.year, CtryInfo.szDateSeparator,
             DateTime.month, CtryInfo.szDateSeparator,;

     default:                                               /* mm/dd/yy */
     printf("Today is %d%s%d%s%d\n", DateTime.month, CtryInfo.szDateSeparator,
   , CtryInfo.szDateSeparator, DateTime.year);

      } /* endswitch */
    return NO_ERROR;

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