GETNETCONFIG(3)         NetBSD Library Functions Manual        GETNETCONFIG(3)

NAME
     getnetconfig, setnetconfig, endnetconfig, getnetconfigent,
     freenetconfigent, nc_perror, nc_sperror -- get network configuration
     database entry

LIBRARY
     Standard C Library (libc, -lc)

SYNOPSIS
     #include <netconfig.h>

     struct netconfig *
     getnetconfig(void *handlep);

     void *
     setnetconfig(void);

     int
     endnetconfig(void *handlep);

     struct netconfig *
     getnetconfigent(const char *netid);

     void
     freenetconfigent(struct netconfig *netconfigp);

     void
     nc_perror(const char *msg);

     char *
     nc_sperror(void);

DESCRIPTION
     The library routines described on this page provide the application
     access to the system network configuration database, /etc/netconfig.

     struct netconfig {
             char *nc_netid;              /* Network ID */
             unsigned long nc_semantics;  /* Semantics */
             unsigned long nc_flag;       /* Flags */
             char *nc_protofmly;          /* Protocol family */
             char *nc_proto;              /* Protocol name */
             char *nc_device;             /* Network device pathname */
             unsigned long nc_nlookups;   /* Number of directory lookup libs */
             char **nc_lookups;           /* Names of the libraries */
     };

     getnetconfig() returns a pointer to the current entry in the netconfig
     database, formatted as a struct netconfig.  Successive calls will return
     successive netconfig entries in the netconfig database.  getnetconfig()
     can be used to search the entire netconfig file.  getnetconfig() returns
     NULL at the end of the file.  handlep is the handle obtained through
     setnetconfig().

     A call to setnetconfig() has the effect of ``binding'' to or ``rewind-
     ing'' the netconfig database.  setnetconfig() must be called before the
     first call to getnetconfig() and may be called at any other time.
     setnetconfig() need not be called before a call to getnetconfigent().
     setnetconfig() returns a unique handle to be used by getnetconfig().

     endnetconfig() should be called when processing is complete to release
     resources for reuse.  handlep is the handle obtained through
     setnetconfig().  Programmers should be aware, however, that the last call
     to endnetconfig() frees all memory allocated by getnetconfig() for the
     struct netconfig data structure.  endnetconfig() may not be called before
     setnetconfig().

     getnetconfigent() returns a pointer to the netconfig structure corre-
     sponding to netid.  It returns NULL if netid is invalid (that is, does
     not name an entry in the netconfig database).

     freenetconfigent() frees the netconfig structure pointed to by netconfigp
     (previously returned by getnetconfigent()).

     nc_perror() prints a message to the standard error indicating why any of
     the above routines failed.  The message is prepended with the string msg
     and a colon.  A newline character is appended at the end of the message.

     nc_sperror() is similar to nc_perror() but instead of sending the message
     to the standard error, will return a pointer to a string that contains
     the error message.

     nc_perror() and nc_sperror() can also be used with the NETPATH access
     routines defined in getnetpath(3).

RETURN VALUES
     setnetconfig() returns a unique handle to be used by getnetconfig().  In
     the case of an error, setnetconfig() returns NULL and nc_perror() or
     nc_sperror() can be used to print the reason for failure.

     getnetconfig() returns a pointer to the current entry in the netconfig
     database, formatted as a struct netconfig.  getnetconfig() returns NULL
     at the end of the file, or upon failure.

     endnetconfig() returns 0 on success and -1 on failure (for example, if
     setnetconfig() was not called previously).

     On success, getnetconfigent() returns a pointer to the struct netconfig
     structure corresponding to netid; otherwise it returns NULL.

     nc_sperror() returns a pointer to a buffer which contains the error mes-
     sage string.  This buffer is overwritten on each call.  In multithreaded
     applications, this buffer is implemented as thread-specific data.

FILES
     /etc/netconfig

SEE ALSO
     getnetpath(3), netconfig(5)

NetBSD 7.0                      April 22, 2000                      NetBSD 7.0

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