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GETNETCONFIG(3)		 BSD 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 ac-
     cess to the system	network	configuration database,	/etc/netconfig.	 The
     getnetconfig() function 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.  The
     getnetconfig() function can be used to search the entire netconfig	file.
     The getnetconfig()	function returns NULL at the end of the	file.  The
     handlep argument is the handle obtained through setnetconfig().

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

     The endnetconfig()	function should	be called when processing is complete
     to	release	resources for reuse.  The handlep argument is the handle ob-
     tained 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.  The
     endnetconfig() function may not be	called before setnetconfig().

     The getnetconfigent() function returns a pointer to the netconfig struc-
     ture corresponding	to netid.  It returns NULL if netid is invalid (that
     is, does not name an entry	in the netconfig database).

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

     The nc_perror() function prints a message to the standard error indicat-
     ing 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.

     The nc_sperror() function is similar to nc_perror() but instead of	send-
     ing the message to	the standard error, will return	a pointer to a string
     that contains the error message.

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

RETURN VALUES
     The setnetconfig()	function 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.

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

     The endnetconfig()	function 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.

     The nc_sperror() function returns a pointer to a buffer which contains
     the error message 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)

BSD				April 22, 2000				   BSD

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