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getprotoent_r(3)        Library Functions Manual        getprotoent_r(3)

NAME         top

       getprotoent_r, getprotobyname_r, getprotobynumber_r - get
       protocol entry (reentrant)

LIBRARY         top

       Standard C library (libc, -lc)

SYNOPSIS         top

       #include <netdb.h>

       int getprotoent_r(struct protoent *restrict result_buf,
                         char buf[restrict .buflen], size_t buflen,
                         struct protoent **restrict result);
       int getprotobyname_r(const char *restrict name,
                         struct protoent *restrict result_buf,
                         char buf[restrict .buflen], size_t buflen,
                         struct protoent **restrict result);
       int getprotobynumber_r(int proto,
                         struct protoent *restrict result_buf,
                         char buf[restrict .buflen], size_t buflen,
                         struct protoent **restrict result);

   Feature Test Macro Requirements for glibc (see

       getprotoent_r(), getprotobyname_r(), getprotobynumber_r():
           Since glibc 2.19:
           glibc 2.19 and earlier:
               _BSD_SOURCE || _SVID_SOURCE

DESCRIPTION         top

       The getprotoent_r(), getprotobyname_r(), and getprotobynumber_r()
       functions are the reentrant equivalents of, respectively,
       getprotoent(3), getprotobyname(3), and getprotobynumber(3).  They
       differ in the way that the protoent structure is returned, and in
       the function calling signature and return value.  This manual
       page describes just the differences from the nonreentrant

       Instead of returning a pointer to a statically allocated protoent
       structure as the function result, these functions copy the
       structure into the location pointed to by result_buf.

       The buf array is used to store the string fields pointed to by
       the returned protoent structure.  (The nonreentrant functions
       allocate these strings in static storage.)  The size of this
       array is specified in buflen.  If buf is too small, the call
       fails with the error ERANGE, and the caller must try again with a
       larger buffer.  (A buffer of length 1024 bytes should be
       sufficient for most applications.)

       If the function call successfully obtains a protocol record, then
       *result is set pointing to result_buf; otherwise, *result is set
       to NULL.

RETURN VALUE         top

       On success, these functions return 0.  On error, they return one
       of the positive error numbers listed in ERRORS.

       On error, record not found (getprotobyname_r(),
       getprotobynumber_r()), or end of input (getprotoent_r()) result
       is set to NULL.

ERRORS         top

       ENOENT (getprotoent_r()) No more records in database.

       ERANGE buf is too small.  Try again with a larger buffer (and
              increased buflen).

ATTRIBUTES         top

       For an explanation of the terms used in this section, see
       │ Interface                    Attribute     Value          │
       │ getprotoent_r(),             │ Thread safety │ MT-Safe locale │
       │ getprotobyname_r(),          │               │                │
       │ getprotobynumber_r()         │               │                │

VERSIONS         top

       Functions with similar names exist on some other systems, though
       typically with different calling signatures.

STANDARDS         top


EXAMPLES         top

       The program below uses getprotobyname_r() to retrieve the
       protocol record for the protocol named in its first command-line
       argument.  If a second (integer) command-line argument is
       supplied, it is used as the initial value for buflen; if
       getprotobyname_r() fails with the error ERANGE, the program
       retries with larger buffer sizes.  The following shell session
       shows a couple of sample runs:

           $ ./a.out tcp 1
           ERANGE! Retrying with larger buffer
           getprotobyname_r() returned: 0 (success)  (buflen=78)
           p_name=tcp; p_proto=6; aliases=TCP
           $ ./a.out xxx 1
           ERANGE! Retrying with larger buffer
           getprotobyname_r() returned: 0 (success)  (buflen=100)
           Call failed/record not found

   Program source

       #define _GNU_SOURCE
       #include <ctype.h>
       #include <errno.h>
       #include <netdb.h>
       #include <stdio.h>
       #include <stdlib.h>
       #include <string.h>

       #define MAX_BUF 10000

       main(int argc, char *argv[])
           int buflen, erange_cnt, s;
           struct protoent result_buf;
           struct protoent *result;
           char buf[MAX_BUF];

           if (argc < 2) {
               printf("Usage: %s proto-name [buflen]\n", argv[0]);

           buflen = 1024;
           if (argc > 2)
               buflen = atoi(argv[2]);

           if (buflen > MAX_BUF) {
               printf("Exceeded buffer limit (%d)\n", MAX_BUF);

           erange_cnt = 0;
           do {
               s = getprotobyname_r(argv[1], &result_buf,
                                    buf, buflen, &result);
               if (s == ERANGE) {
                   if (erange_cnt == 0)
                       printf("ERANGE! Retrying with larger buffer\n");

                   /* Increment a byte at a time so we can see exactly
                      what size buffer was required. */


                   if (buflen > MAX_BUF) {
                       printf("Exceeded buffer limit (%d)\n", MAX_BUF);
           } while (s == ERANGE);

           printf("getprotobyname_r() returned: %s  (buflen=%d)\n",
                  (s == 0) ? "0 (success)" : (s == ENOENT) ? "ENOENT" :
                  strerror(s), buflen);

           if (s != 0 || result == NULL) {
               printf("Call failed/record not found\n");

           printf("p_name=%s; p_proto=%d; aliases=",
                  result_buf.p_name, result_buf.p_proto);
           for (char **p = result_buf.p_aliases; *p != NULL; p++)
               printf("%s ", *p);


SEE ALSO         top

       getprotoent(3), protocols(5)

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