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Automotive Diagnostic Command Set Toolkit Help

Edition Date: November 2018

Part Number: 372140J-01

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Returns a description for an error code.


void ndStatusToString(
       long errorCode,
       char message[],
       long *len);



The status code (return value) of any other diagnostic functions.



Returns a descriptive string for the error code.


On input, len must contain the message array length. On return, it contains the number of valid data bytes in the message array.


When the status code returned from an Automotive Diagnostic Command Set function is nonzero, an error or warning is indicated. This function obtains an error/warning description for debugging purposes.

The return code is passed into the errorCode parameter. The len parameter indicates the number of bytes available in the string for the description. The description is truncated to size len if needed, but a size of 1024 characters is large enough to hold any description. The text returned in message is null-terminated, so you can use it with ANSI C functions such as printf. For C or C++ applications, each Automotive Diagnostic Command Set function returns a status code as a signed 32-bit integer. The following table summarizes the Automotive Diagnostic Command Set use of this status.

Status Code Use

Status Code Definition
Negative Error—Function did not perform the expected behavior.
Positive Warning—Function performed as expected, but a condition arose that may require attention.
Zero Success—Function completed successfully.

The application code should check the status returned from every Automotive Diagnostic Command Set function. If an error is detected, close all Automotive Diagnostic Command Set handles and exit the application. If a warning is detected, you can display a message for debugging purposes or simply ignore the warning.

The following code shows an example of handling Automotive Diagnostic Command Set status during application debugging.

Status = ndOpenDiagnostic ("CAN0", 500000, 0, 0x7E0, 0x7E8, &MyDiagHandle);

PrintStat (status, "ndOpenDiagnostic");

where the function PrintStat has been defined at the top of the program as:

void PrintStat(mcTypeStatus status, char *source)
   char statusString[1024];
   long len = sizeof(statusString);
   if (status != 0)
      ndStatusToString(status, statusString, &len);
      printf("\n%s\nSource = %s\n", statusString, source);
      if (status < 0)


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