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Linux 2.6 - man page for sendto (linux section 2)

SEND(2) 			    Linux Programmer's Manual				  SEND(2)

       send, sendto, sendmsg - send a message on a socket

       #include <sys/types.h>
       #include <sys/socket.h>

       ssize_t send(int sockfd, const void *buf, size_t len, int flags);

       ssize_t sendto(int sockfd, const void *buf, size_t len, int flags,
		      const struct sockaddr *dest_addr, socklen_t addrlen);

       ssize_t sendmsg(int sockfd, const struct msghdr *msg, int flags);

       The system calls send(), sendto(), and sendmsg() are used to transmit a message to another

       The send() call may be used only when the socket is in a  connected  state  (so	that  the
       intended  recipient  is	known).   The  only difference between send() and write(2) is the
       presence of flags.  With a zero flags argument, send() is equivalent to	write(2).   Also,
       the following call

	   send(sockfd, buf, len, flags);

       is equivalent to

	   sendto(sockfd, buf, len, flags, NULL, 0);

       The argument sockfd is the file descriptor of the sending socket.

       If  sendto()  is used on a connection-mode (SOCK_STREAM, SOCK_SEQPACKET) socket, the argu-
       ments dest_addr and addrlen are ignored (and the error EISCONN may be returned  when  they
       are  not  NULL and 0), and the error ENOTCONN is returned when the socket was not actually
       connected.  Otherwise, the address of the target is given by dest_addr with addrlen speci-
       fying  its  size.  For sendmsg(), the address of the target is given by msg.msg_name, with
       msg.msg_namelen specifying its size.

       For send() and sendto(), the message is found in buf and has length len.   For  sendmsg(),
       the  message  is  pointed to by the elements of the array msg.msg_iov.  The sendmsg() call
       also allows sending ancillary data (also known as control information).

       If the message is too long to pass atomically through the underlying protocol,  the  error
       EMSGSIZE is returned, and the message is not transmitted.

       No  indication of failure to deliver is implicit in a send().  Locally detected errors are
       indicated by a return value of -1.

       When the message does not fit into the send buffer of the socket, send() normally  blocks,
       unless  the  socket has been placed in nonblocking I/O mode.  In nonblocking mode it would
       fail with the error EAGAIN or EWOULDBLOCK in this case.	The select(2) call may be used to
       determine when it is possible to send more data.

       The flags argument is the bitwise OR of zero or more of the following flags.

       MSG_CONFIRM (Since Linux 2.3.15)
	      Tell the link layer that forward progress happened: you got a successful reply from
	      the other side.  If the link layer doesn't get this it will regularly  reprobe  the
	      neighbor	(e.g., via a unicast ARP).  Only valid on SOCK_DGRAM and SOCK_RAW sockets
	      and currently implemented only for IPv4 and IPv6.  See arp(7) for details.

	      Don't use a gateway to send out the packet, send to hosts  only  on  directly  con-
	      nected  networks.   This	is  usually  used only by diagnostic or routing programs.
	      This is defined only for protocol families that route; packet sockets don't.

       MSG_DONTWAIT (since Linux 2.2)
	      Enables nonblocking operation; if the operation would block, EAGAIN or  EWOULDBLOCK
	      is  returned  (this  can also be enabled using the O_NONBLOCK flag with the F_SETFL

       MSG_EOR (since Linux 2.2)
	      Terminates a record (when  this  notion  is  supported,  as  for	sockets  of  type

       MSG_MORE (Since Linux 2.4.4)
	      The caller has more data to send.  This flag is used with TCP sockets to obtain the
	      same effect as the TCP_CORK socket option (see tcp(7)), with  the  difference  that
	      this flag can be set on a per-call basis.

	      Since  Linux 2.6, this flag is also supported for UDP sockets, and informs the ker-
	      nel to package all of the data sent in calls with this flag set into a single data-
	      gram  which is transmitted only when a call is performed that does not specify this
	      flag.  (See also the UDP_CORK socket option described in udp(7).)

       MSG_NOSIGNAL (since Linux 2.2)
	      Requests not to send SIGPIPE on errors on stream oriented sockets  when  the  other
	      end breaks the connection.  The EPIPE error is still returned.

	      Sends  out-of-band  data	on  sockets  that  support  this  notion  (e.g.,  of type
	      SOCK_STREAM); the underlying protocol must also support out-of-band data.

       The definition of the msghdr structure follows.	 See  recv(2)  and  below  for	an  exact
       description of its fields.

	   struct msghdr {
	       void	    *msg_name;	     /* optional address */
	       socklen_t     msg_namelen;    /* size of address */
	       struct iovec *msg_iov;	     /* scatter/gather array */
	       size_t	     msg_iovlen;     /* # elements in msg_iov */
	       void	    *msg_control;    /* ancillary data, see below */
	       size_t	     msg_controllen; /* ancillary data buffer len */
	       int	     msg_flags;      /* flags on received message */

       You  may  send  control information using the msg_control and msg_controllen members.  The
       maximum control buffer length the kernel can process is limited per socket by the value in
       /proc/sys/net/core/optmem_max; see socket(7).

       On  success,  these  calls return the number of bytes sent.  On error, -1 is returned, and
       errno is set appropriately.

       These are some standard errors generated by the socket layer.  Additional  errors  may  be
       generated  and  returned from the underlying protocol modules; see their respective manual

       EACCES (For UNIX domain sockets, which are identified by  pathname)  Write  permission  is
	      denied  on  the  destination socket file, or search permission is denied for one of
	      the directories the path prefix.	(See path_resolution(7).)

	      (For UDP sockets) An attempt was made to send to	a  network/broadcast  address  as
	      though it was a unicast address.

	      The  socket  is  marked  nonblocking  and  the  requested  operation  would  block.
	      POSIX.1-2001 allows either error to be returned for this case, and does not require
	      these  constants to have the same value, so a portable application should check for
	      both possibilities.

       EBADF  An invalid descriptor was specified.

	      Connection reset by peer.

	      The socket is not connection-mode, and no peer address is set.

       EFAULT An invalid user space address was specified for an argument.

       EINTR  A signal occurred before any data was transmitted; see signal(7).

       EINVAL Invalid argument passed.

	      The connection-mode socket was connected already but  a  recipient  was  specified.
	      (Now either this error is returned, or the recipient specification is ignored.)

	      The  socket type requires that message be sent atomically, and the size of the mes-
	      sage to be sent made this impossible.

	      The output queue for a network interface was full.  This generally  indicates  that
	      the  interface  has  stopped  sending,  but  may be caused by transient congestion.
	      (Normally, this does not occur in Linux.	Packets are just silently dropped when	a
	      device queue overflows.)

       ENOMEM No memory available.

	      The socket is not connected, and no target has been given.

	      The argument sockfd is not a socket.

	      Some bit in the flags argument is inappropriate for the socket type.

       EPIPE  The local end has been shut down on a connection oriented socket.  In this case the
	      process will also receive a SIGPIPE unless MSG_NOSIGNAL is set.

       4.4BSD, SVr4, POSIX.1-2001.  These function calls appeared in 4.2BSD.

       POSIX.1-2001 describes only the MSG_OOB and MSG_EOR flags.  POSIX.1-2008 adds a specifica-
       tion of MSG_NOSIGNAL.  The MSG_CONFIRM flag is a Linux extension.

       The  prototypes given above follow the Single UNIX Specification, as glibc2 also does; the
       flags argument was int in 4.x BSD, but unsigned int in libc4 and libc5; the  len  argument
       was int in 4.x BSD and libc4, but size_t in libc5; the addrlen argument was int in 4.x BSD
       and libc4 and libc5.  See also accept(2).

       According to POSIX.1-2001, the msg_controllen field of  the  msghdr  structure  should  be
       typed as socklen_t, but glibc currently types it as size_t.

       See  sendmmsg(2)  for  information  about a Linux-specific system call that can be used to
       transmit multiple datagrams in a single call.

       Linux may return EPIPE instead of ENOTCONN.

       An example of the use of sendto() is shown in getaddrinfo(3).

       fcntl(2),  getsockopt(2),  recv(2),  select(2),	sendfile(2),  sendmmsg(2),   shutdown(2),
       socket(2), write(2), cmsg(3), ip(7), socket(7), tcp(7), udp(7)

       This  page  is  part of release 3.55 of the Linux man-pages project.  A description of the
       project,    and	  information	 about	  reporting    bugs,	can    be    found     at

Linux					    2013-12-12					  SEND(2)

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