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This guy’s even easier than the server. Or, you could wrap the entire functionality in a single function, like this:. Well, basically, it’s because you don’t have to maintain an open connection as you do with stream sockets.

When you call one of these functions, the kernel takes over and does all the work for you automagically. Two Types of Internet Sockets 2. Uptrenda on Mar 29, Oh boy, this one brings me back. Aren’t you getting sick of hearing “can’t do this”, “can’t do that”?

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Using the above packet definition, the first packet would consist of the following information in hex and ASCII:. Be aware that a hole in the firewall is nothing to be taken lightly.

There is something we can do: But didn’t I just get finished saying there wasn’t any such function for other non-integer types? I put some handy macros up there at the top for packing and unpacking bit probably progrmaming float and bit probably a double numbers, but the pack function could be called directly and told to encode bits -worth of data expbits of which are reserved for the normalized number’s exponent.


There are 1, microseconds in a millisecond, and 1, milliseconds in a second. Returns the number of elements in the ufds array that have had event occur on them; this can be zero if the timeout occurred.

This is cool because your code can be IP version-agnostic. To add another good one: You’re hitting the MTU—the maximum size the physical medium can handle. It’s also obsolete and won’t work with IPv6.

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These functions work beei the unsigned variations as well. Slightly Advanced Techniques 7. The code in the accept section, below, is more complete. Now, there is more than one way to skin a cat Often, there will only be one server on a machine, and that server will handle multiple clients using fork.

Hey—maybe you don’t need portability, in which case this is nice and fast. Of course, this is where the fun begins. It’s honestly kind of nice to have multiple sources treating the same material a different way. First of all, people don’t have an intuitive idea of how many bits that is, and secondly, it’s really not compact.

In the book ” The Practice of Programming ” by Kernighan and Pike, they implement printf -like functions called pack prrogramming unpack that do exactly this.

The Packet Police are not right outside your door. You also have to make a call to WSAStartup before doing anything else with the sockets library. I’ve reread your post and now I see I misunderstood it. Was not meant as a brag or anything. It’s a good idea programmjng allow the user of your software to specify an alternate port either with a programmint file or a command line switch.


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But I think the goto statement is actually cleaner. See how much work there is in building a simple packet? Is this starting to make more sense? With IPv6, broadcasting isn’t supported, and you have to resort to the often superior technique of multicastingwhich, sadly I won’t progra,ming discussing at this time.

I do think that there should have been convenience functions in the standard libs that do basic things for you, though. There’s a little bit of ugliness there where we have to dig into the different types of struct sockaddr s depending on the IP version.

When you’re sending this programmlng, you should be safe and use a command similar to sendallabove, so you know all the data is sent, even if it takes multiple calls to netwrk to get it all out.

Data can’t be lost if you expect the application to work when it arrives! If you make lots of zombies and don’t reap them, your system administrator will become agitated. A tiny bit of history: