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GETSOCKNAME(2) OpenBSD Programmer's Manual GETSOCKNAME(2)
getsockname - get socket name
getsockname(int s, struct sockaddr *name, socklen_t *namelen);
getsockname() returns the locally bound address information for a speci-
Common uses of this function are as follows:
- When bind(2) is called with a port number of 0 (indicating the kernel
should pick an ephemeral port) getsockname() is used to retrieve the
kernel-assigned port number.
- When a process calls bind(2) on a wildcard IP address, getsockname()
is used to retrieve the local IP address for the connection.
- When a function wishes to know the address family of a socket,
getsockname() can be used.
getsockname() takes three parameters:
s, Contains the file desriptor for the socket to be looked up.
name points to a sockaddr structure which will hold the resulting address
information. Normal use requires one to use a structure specific to the
protocol family in use, such as sockaddr_in (IPv4) or sockaddr_in6
(IPv6), cast to a (struct sockaddr *).
For greater portability (such as newer protocol families) the new struc-
ture sockaddr_storage exists. sockaddr_storage is large enough to hold
any of the other sockaddr_* variants. On return, it should be cast to
the correct sockaddr type, according to the current protocol family.
namelen Indicates the amount of space pointed to by name, in bytes. Upon
return, namelen is set to the actual size of the returned address infor-
If the address of the destination socket for a given socket connection is
needed, the getpeername(2) function should be used instead.
If name does not point to enough space to hold the entire socket address,
the result will be truncated to namelen bytes.
On success, getsockname() returns a 0, and namelen is set to the actual
size of the socket address returned in name. Otherwise, errno is set, and
a value of -1 is returned.
If getsockname() fails, errno is set to one of the following:
[EBADF] The argument s is not a valid descriptor.
[ENOTSOCK] The argument s is a file, not a socket.
[ENOBUFS] Insufficient resources were available in the system to per-
form the operation.
[EFAULT] The name parameter points to memory not in a valid part of
the process address space.
accept(2), bind(2), getpeername(2), socket(2)
Names bound to sockets in the UNIX domain are inaccessible; getsockname
returns a zero length name.
The getsockname() function call appeared in 4.2BSD.
OpenBSD 2.6 July 17, 1999 2
Source: OpenBSD 2.6 man pages. Copyright: Portions are copyrighted by BERKELEY
SOFTWARE DESIGN, INC., The Regents of the University of California, Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, Free Software Foundation, FreeBSD Inc., and others.
(Corrections, notes, and links courtesy of RocketAware.com)
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