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Connecting to BrlAPI(3) 		      BrlAPI			  Connecting to BrlAPI(3)

NAME
       Connecting to BrlAPI -

   Data Structures
       struct brlapi_connectionSettings_t
	   Settings structure for BrlAPI connection.

   Macros
       #define BRLAPI_SOCKETPORTNUM   4101
       #define BRLAPI_SOCKETPORT   '4101'
       #define BRLAPI_SOCKETPATH   '/var/lib/BrlAPI'
       #define BRLAPI_ETCDIR   '/etc'
       #define BRLAPI_AUTHKEYFILE   'brlapi.key'
       #define BRLAPI_DEFAUTH	BRLAPI_ETCDIR '/' BRLAPI_AUTHKEYFILE
       #define BRLAPI_SETTINGS_INITIALIZER   { NULL, NULL }

   Typedefs
       typedef int brlapi_fileDescriptor

   Functions
       brlapi_fileDescriptor
	   BRLAPI_STDCALL brlapi_openConnection (const brlapi_connectionSettings_t
	   *desiredSettings, brlapi_connectionSettings_t *actualSettings)"
       brlapi_fileDescriptor
	   BRLAPI_STDCALL brlapi__openConnection (brlapi_handle_t *handle, const
	   brlapi_connectionSettings_t *desiredSettings, brlapi_connectionSettings_t
	   *actualSettings)"
       void BRLAPI_STDCALL brlapi_closeConnection (void)
       void BRLAPI_STDCALL brlapi__closeConnection (brlapi_handle_t *handle)

Detailed Description
       Before calling any other function of the library, calling brlapi_openConnection() is
       needed to establish a connection to BrlAPI 's server. When the connection is not needed
       any more, brlapi_closeConnection() must be called to close the connection.

Macro Definition Documentation
   #define BRLAPI_AUTHKEYFILE	'brlapi.key'
       Default name of the file containing BrlAPI 's authorization key

       This name is relative to BRLAPI_ETCDIR

   #define BRLAPI_DEFAUTH   BRLAPI_ETCDIR '/' BRLAPI_AUTHKEYFILE
       Default authorization setting

   #define BRLAPI_ETCDIR   '/etc'
       brltty 's settings directory

       This is where authorization key and driver-dependent key names are found for instance.

   #define BRLAPI_SETTINGS_INITIALIZER	 { NULL, NULL }
       Allows to initialize a structure of type brlapi_connectionSettings_t * with default
       values.

   #define BRLAPI_SOCKETPATH   '/var/lib/BrlAPI'
       Default unix path on which connections to BrlAPI can be established

   #define BRLAPI_SOCKETPORT   '4101'
   #define BRLAPI_SOCKETPORTNUM   4101
       Default port number on which connections to BrlAPI can be established

Typedef Documentation
   typedef int brlapi_fileDescriptor
Function Documentation
   void BRLAPI_STDCALL brlapi__closeConnection (brlapi_handle_t *handle)
   brlapi_fileDescriptor BRLAPI_STDCALL brlapi__openConnection (brlapi_handle_t *handle, const
       brlapi_connectionSettings_t *desiredSettings, brlapi_connectionSettings_t *actualSettings)
   void BRLAPI_STDCALL brlapi_closeConnection (void)
       Cleanly close the socket

       This function locks until a closing acknowledgement is received from the server. The
       socket is then freed, so the file descriptor brlapi_openConnection() gave has no meaning
       any more

   brlapi_fileDescriptor BRLAPI_STDCALL brlapi_openConnection (const brlapi_connectionSettings_t
       *desiredSettings, brlapi_connectionSettings_t *actualSettings)
       Open a socket and connect it to BrlAPI 's server

       This function first loads an authorization key as specified in settings. It then creates a
       TCP socket and connects it to the specified machine, on the specified port. It writes the
       authorization key on the socket and waits for acknowledgement.

       Returns:
	   the file descriptor, or -1 on error

       Note:
	   The file descriptor is returned in case the client wants to communicate with the
	   server without using libbrlapi functions. If it uses them however, it won't have to
	   pass the file descriptor later, since the library keeps a copy of it. But that also
	   means that brlapi_openConnection() may be called several times, but libbrlapi
	   functions will always work with the last call's descriptor

       Example:

	   if (brlapi_openConnection(&settings,&settings)<0) {
	    fprintf(stderr,'couldn't connect to BrlAPI at %s: %s0,
	     settings.host, brlapi_strerror(&brlapi_error));
	    exit(1);
	   }

       Errors:
	   BrlAPI might not be on this TCP port, the host name might not be resolvable, the
	   authorization may fail,...

       Parameters:
	   desiredSettings this gives the desired connection parameters, as described in
	   brlapi_connectionSettings_t. If NULL, defaults values are used, so that it is
	   generally a good idea to give NULL as default, and only fill a
	   brlapi_connectionSettings_t structure when the user gave parameters to the program for
	   instance;
	   actualSettings if not NULL, parameters which were actually used are stored here, if
	   the application ever needs them.

       See Also:
	   brlapi_connectionSettings_t brlapi_writePacket() brlapi_readPacketHeader()
	   brlapi_readPacketContent() brlapi_readPacket()

Author
       Generated automatically by Doxygen for BrlAPI from the source code.

Version 1.0				  Mon Apr 1 2013		  Connecting to BrlAPI(3)
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