GETNETPATH(3)           NetBSD Library Functions Manual          GETNETPATH(3)


NAME
getnetpath, setnetpath, endnetpath -- get /etc/netconfig entry corre- sponding to NETPATH component
LIBRARY
Standard C Library (libc, -lc)
SYNOPSIS
#include <netconfig.h> struct netconfig * getnetpath(void *handlep); void * setnetpath(void); int endnetpath(void *handlep);
DESCRIPTION
The routines described in this page provide the application access to the system network configuration database, /etc/netconfig, as it is ``filtered'' by the NETPATH environment variable (see environ(7)). See getnetconfig(3) for other routines that also access the network configu- ration database directly. The NETPATH variable is a list of colon-sepa- rated network identifiers. getnetpath() returns a pointer to the netconfig database entry corre- sponding to the first valid NETPATH component. The netconfig entry is formatted as a struct netconfig. On each subsequent call, getnetpath() returns a pointer to the netconfig entry that corresponds to the next valid NETPATH component. getnetpath() can thus be used to search the netconfig database for all networks included in the NETPATH variable. When NETPATH has been exhausted, getnetpath() returns NULL. A call to setnetpath() ``binds'' to or ``rewinds'' NETPATH. setnetpath() must be called before the first call to getnetpath() and may be called at any other time. It returns a handle that is used by getnetpath(). getnetpath() silently ignores invalid NETPATH components. A NETPATH com- ponent is invalid if there is no corresponding entry in the netconfig database. If the NETPATH variable is unset, getnetpath() behaves as if NETPATH were set to the sequence of ``default'' or ``visible'' networks in the netcon- fig database, in the order in which they are listed. endnetpath() may be called to ``unbind'' from NETPATH when processing is complete, releasing resources for reuse. Programmers should be aware, however, that endnetpath() frees all memory allocated by getnetpath() for the struct netconfig data structure.
RETURN VALUES
setnetpath() returns a handle that is used by getnetpath(). In case of an error, setnetpath() returns NULL. endnetpath() returns 0 on success and -1 on failure (for example, if setnetpath() was not called previously). nc_perror() or nc_sperror() can be used to print out the reason for failure. See getnetconfig(3). When first called, getnetpath() returns a pointer to the netconfig data- base entry corresponding to the first valid NETPATH component. When NET- PATH has been exhausted, getnetpath() returns NULL.
SEE ALSO
getnetconfig(3), netconfig(5), environ(7) NetBSD 7.0 April 22, 2000 NetBSD 7.0

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