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It’s a real morale boost, and it gladdens me to hear that it is being used for good! Aren’t you getting sick of hearing “can’t do this”, “can’t do that”? You will use getaddrinfo to do that, as you’ll nettwork later on.

Well, a little bit of a socket that was connected is still hanging around in the kernel, and it’s hogging the port. This is a slightly more Unixy thing than the rest of the networky stuff we’ve been talking about, but it still has its uses. What could be more fun?

Same guide, same course, same year. It’s theoretically deprecated, but you’ll see it a lot and the police won’t come get you if you use it. Handling Partial send s 7.

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It used to be people would hardcode these values, and you can absolutely still do that. Once you have a socket, you might have to associate that socket with a port on your local machine. What about the other way around?


I programmijg, there are like billions of IP addresses in a bit IPv4 address. You’re saying, “Beej, is that true? Well, as you can probably imagine, we need to call bind before we call listen so that the server is running on a specific port.

So when you want to communicate with another program over the Internet you’re gonna do it through a file descriptor, you’d better believe it.

It’s a bummer, I know, but that’s the way it is. Direct links to app prigramming unrelated to programming will be removed. Want to add to the discussion? When the game Doom first came out, this was a complaint about its network code. One cool thing you can do is install Cygwinwhich is a collection of Unix tools for Windows.

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The synopsis of recvfrom is:. When a remote machine wants to connect to your server program, it needs two pieces of information: I’ll tell you, but keep in mind this is only if you’re filling out the struct sockaddr by hand; if not, use the results from getaddrinfoas per above. Nothing about network programming is difficult or error prone from the api view. In these modern times, you now have the function getaddrinfo that does all kinds of good stuff for you, including DNS and service name lookups, and fills out the struct s you need, besides!


I told you I’d mention you in the guide, and here you are. Just to make you really unhappy, different computers use different byte orderings internally for their multibyte integers i. Progarmming is where the information about the incoming connection will go and with it you can determine which host is calling you from which port.

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We’ll call this program broadcaster. Not even a little bit? The downside is that you need to know and understand quite a lot. What do I mean by “known binary format”? It depens mostly on a how much you should have ALL OF IT error handling you do and b how well you know what’s given to you in the standard libs of C so you don’t go reimplementing features and functions.


It’s one of the examples of what stupid shit posix did with their network api By “parsing” I mean things like transforming protocol packets to native structures.