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Manual page for GETNETENT(3N)

getnetent, getnetbyaddr, getnetbyname, setnetent, endnetent - get network entry


#include <netdb.h>

struct netent *getnetent()

struct netent *getnetbyname(name)
char *name;

struct netent *getnetbyaddr(net, type)
long net;
int type;

setnetent (stayopen)
int stayopen;



getnetent, getnetbyname, and getnetbyaddr() each return a pointer to an object with the following structure containing the broken-out fields of a line in the network data base, /etc/networks.

struct	netent {
	char	*n_name;	/* official name of net */
	char	**n_aliases;	/* alias list */
	int	n_addrtype;	/* net number type */
	long	n_net;		/* net number */

The members of this structure are:

The official name of the network.
A zero terminated list of alternate names for the network.
The type of the network number returned; currently only AF_INET.
The network number. Network numbers are returned in machine byte order.

getnetent() reads the next line of the file, opening the file if necessary.

setnetent() opens and rewinds the file. If the stayopen flag is non-zero, the net data base will not be closed after each call to setnetent() (either directly, or indirectly through one of the other ``getnet'' calls).

endnetent() closes the file.

getnetbyname() and getnetbyaddr() sequentially search from the beginning of the file until a matching net name or net address and type is found, or until end-of-file is encountered. Network numbers are supplied in host order.




networks.5 ypserv.8


A NULL pointer is returned on end-of-file or error.


All information is contained in a static area so it must be copied if it is to be saved.

Only Internet network numbers are currently understood.

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