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Linux 2.6 - man page for accept (linux section 3posix)

ACCEPT(P)			    POSIX Programmer's Manual				ACCEPT(P)

       accept - accept a new connection on a socket

       #include <sys/socket.h>

       int accept(int socket, struct sockaddr *restrict address,
	      socklen_t *restrict address_len);

       The  accept()  function shall extract the first connection on the queue of pending connec-
       tions, create a new socket with the same socket type protocol and address  family  as  the
       specified socket, and allocate a new file descriptor for that socket.

       The accept() function takes the following arguments:

       socket Specifies  a  socket  that  was created with socket(), has been bound to an address
	      with bind(), and has issued a successful call to listen().

	      Either a null pointer, or a pointer to a sockaddr structure where  the  address  of
	      the connecting socket shall be returned.

	      Points to a socklen_t structure which on input specifies the length of the supplied
	      sockaddr structure, and on output specifies the length of the stored address.

       If address is not a null pointer, the address of the  peer  for	the  accepted  connection
       shall  be  stored  in the sockaddr structure pointed to by address, and the length of this
       address shall be stored in the object pointed to by address_len.

       If the actual length of the address is greater than the length of  the  supplied  sockaddr
       structure, the stored address shall be truncated.

       If  the	protocol  permits connections by unbound clients, and the peer is not bound, then
       the value stored in the object pointed to by address is unspecified.

       If the listen queue is empty of connection requests and O_NONBLOCK is not set on the  file
       descriptor for the socket, accept() shall block until a connection is present. If the lis-
       ten() queue is empty of connection requests and O_NONBLOCK is set on the  file  descriptor
       for the socket, accept() shall fail and set errno to [EAGAIN] or [EWOULDBLOCK].

       The  accepted  socket  cannot  itself accept more connections. The original socket remains
       open and can accept more connections.

       Upon successful completion, accept() shall return the non-negative file descriptor of  the
       accepted socket. Otherwise, -1 shall be returned and errno set to indicate the error.

       The accept() function shall fail if:


	      O_NONBLOCK  is set for the socket file descriptor and no connections are present to
	      be accepted.

       EBADF  The socket argument is not a valid file descriptor.


	      A connection has been aborted.

       EINTR  The accept() function was interrupted by a signal that was caught  before  a  valid
	      connection arrived.

       EINVAL The socket is not accepting connections.

       EMFILE {OPEN_MAX} file descriptors are currently open in the calling process.

       ENFILE The maximum number of file descriptors in the system are already open.

	      The socket argument does not refer to a socket.

	      The socket type of the specified socket does not support accepting connections.

       The accept() function may fail if:

	      No buffer space is available.

       ENOMEM There was insufficient memory available to complete the operation.

       EPROTO A protocol error has occurred; for example, the STREAMS protocol stack has not been

       The following sections are informative.


       When a connection is available, select() indicates that the file descriptor for the socket
       is ready for reading.



       bind()	,   connect()	,   listen()   ,  socket()  ,  the  Base  Definitions  volume  of
       IEEE Std 1003.1-2001, <sys/socket.h>

       Portions of this text are reprinted and	reproduced  in	electronic  form  from	IEEE  Std
       1003.1,	2003  Edition,	Standard  for Information Technology -- Portable Operating System
       Interface (POSIX), The Open Group Base Specifications Issue 6, Copyright (C) 2001-2003  by
       the  Institute  of  Electrical  and  Electronics Engineers, Inc and The Open Group. In the
       event of any discrepancy between this version and the original IEEE  and  The  Open  Group
       Standard, the original IEEE and The Open Group Standard is the referee document. The orig-
       inal Standard can be obtained online at http://www.opengroup.org/unix/online.html .

IEEE/The Open Group			       2003					ACCEPT(P)

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