NAL_ADDRESS_set_def_buffer_size, NAL_ADDRESS_can_connect,
NAL_ADDRESS_can_listen − libnal addressing functions

 #include <libnal/nal.h>

      NAL_ADDRESS *NAL_ADDRESS_new(void);
 void NAL_ADDRESS_free(NAL_ADDRESS *addr);
 void NAL_ADDRESS_reset(NAL_ADDRESS *addr);
 int NAL_ADDRESS_create(NAL_ADDRESS *addr, const char *addr_string,
                        unsigned int def_buffer_size);
 unsigned int NAL_ADDRESS_get_def_buffers_size(const NAL_ADDRESS *addr);
 int NAL_ADDRESS_set_def_buffer_size(NAL_ADDRESS *addr,
                                     unsigned int def_buffer_size);
 int NAL_ADDRESS_can_connect(const NAL_ADDRESS *addr);
 int NAL_ADDRESS_can_listen(const NAL_ADDRESS *addr);

NAL_ADDRESS_new() allocates and initialises a new

     NAL_ADDRESS_free() destroys a NAL_ADDRESS object.

     NAL_ADDRESS_reset() will, if necessary, cleanup any
prior state in addr so that it can be reused in
NAL_ADDRESS_create(). Internally, there are other
optimisations and benefits to using NAL_ADDRESS_reset()
instead of NAL_ADDRESS_free() and NAL_ADDRESS_new() − the
implementation can try to avoid repeated reallocation and
reinitialisation of state, only doing full cleanup and
reinitialisation when necessary.

     NAL_ADDRESS_create() will attempt to parse a network
address from the string constant provided in addr_string. If
this succeeds, then addr will represent the given network
address for use in other libnal functions. The significance
of def_buffer_size is that any NAL_CONNECTION object created
with addr will inherent def_buffer_size as the default size
for its read and write buffers (see
NAL_CONNECTION_set_size(2)). If addr is used to create a
NAL_LISTENER object, then any NAL_CONNECTION objects that
are assigned connections from the listener will likewise
have the given default size for its buffers. See the "NOTES"
section for information on the syntax of addr.

     NAL_ADDRESS_set_def_buffer_size() sets def_buffer_size
as the default buffer size in addr. This operation is built
into NAL_ADDRESS_create() already.
NAL_ADDRESS_get_def_buffer_size() returns the current
default buffer size of addr.

     NAL_ADDRESS_can_connect() will indicate whether the
address represented by addr is of an appropriate form for
creating a NAL_CONNECTION object.  NAL_ADDRESS_can_listen()


likewise indicates if addr is appopriate for creating a
NAL_LISTENER object. In other words, these functions
determine whether the address can be ‘‘connected to’’ or
‘‘listened on’’. Depending on the type of transport and the
string from which addr was parsed, some addresses are only
good for connecting or listening whereas others can be good
for both. See "NOTES".

NAL_ADDRESS_new() returns a valid NAL_ADDRESS object on
success, NULL otherwise.

     NAL_ADDRESS_free() and NAL_ADDRESS_reset() have no
return value.

     NAL_ADDRESS_get_def_buffer_size() returns the size of
the current default buffer size in a NAL_ADDRESS object.

     All other NAL_ADDRESS functions return zero for failure
or false, and non‐zero for success or true.

The string syntax implemented by libnal is used by all the
distcache libraries and tools. At the time of writing, only
TCP/IPv4 and unix domain sockets were supported as
underlying transports and so likewise the implemented syntax
handling only supported these two forms.

TCP/IPv4 addresses
    The syntax for TCP/IPv4 addresses has two forms,
    depending on whether you specify a hostname (or
    alternatively a dotted‐numeric IP address) with the port
    number or just the port number on its own. Eg. to
    represent port 9001, one uses;


    whereas to specify a hostname or IP address with it, the
    syntax is;


    Either form of TCP/IPv4 address is generally valid for
    creating a NAL_LISTENER object, although it will depend
    at run‐time on the situation in the system − ie. whether
    privileges exist to listen on the port, whether the port
    is already in use, whether the specified hostname or IP
    address is bound to a running network interface that can
    be listened on, etc. For creating a NAL_CONNECTION
    object, an address must be specified.  This is why the
    NAL_CONNECTION_can_connect() and
    NAL_CONNECTION_can_listen() helper functions exist − to
    detect whether the syntax used is logical for the
    intended use.  Failures to set up network resources
    afterwards will in turn say whether the given address


    data is possible within the host system.

unix domain addresses
    There is only one syntax for unix domain addresses, and
    so any correctly parsed address string is in theory
    valid for connecting to or listening on. The form is;


    This represents the path to the socket in the file

NAL_CONNECTION_new(2) − Functions for the NAL_CONNECTION

     NAL_LISTENER_new(2) − Functions for the NAL_LISTENER

     NAL_SELECTOR_new(2) − Functions for the NAL_SELECTOR

     NAL_BUFFER_new(2) − Functions for the NAL_BUFFER type.

     distcache(8) − Overview of the distcache architecture. − Distcache home page.

This toolkit was designed and implemented by Geoff Thorpe
for Cryptographic Appliances Incorporated. Since the project
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