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NetBSD 6.1.5 - man page for hesiod_init (netbsd section 3)

HESIOD(3)			   BSD Library Functions Manual 			HESIOD(3)

NAME
     hesiod, hesiod_init, hesiod_resolve, hesiod_free_list, hesiod_to_bind, hesiod_end -- Hesiod
     name server interface library

LIBRARY
     Standard C Library (libc, -lc)

SYNOPSIS
     #include <hesiod.h>

     int
     hesiod_init(void **context);

     char
     **hesiod_resolve(void *context, const char *name, const char *type);

     void
     hesiod_free_list(void *context, char **list);

     char
     *hesiod_to_bind(void *context, const char *name, const char *type);

     void
     hesiod_end(void *context);

DESCRIPTION
     This family of functions allows you to perform lookups of Hesiod information, which is
     stored as text records in the Domain Name Service.  To perform lookups, you must first ini-
     tialize a context, an opaque object which stores information used internally by the library
     between calls.  hesiod_init() initializes a context, storing a pointer to the context in the
     location pointed to by the context argument.  hesiod_end() frees the resources used by a
     context.

     hesiod_resolve() is the primary interface to the library.	If successful, it returns a list
     of one or more strings giving the records matching name and type.	The last element of the
     list is followed by a NULL pointer.  It is the caller's responsibility to call
     hesiod_free_list() to free the resources used by the returned list.

     hesiod_to_bind() converts name and type into the DNS name used by hesiod_resolve().  It is
     the caller's responsibility to free the returned string using free(3).

RETURN VALUES
     If successful, hesiod_init() returns 0; otherwise it returns -1 and sets errno to indicate
     the error.  On failure, hesiod_resolve() and hesiod_to_bind() return NULL and set the global
     variable errno to indicate the error.

ENVIRONMENT
     If the environment variable HES_DOMAIN is set, it will override the domain in the Hesiod
     configuration file.  If the environment variable HESIOD_CONFIG is set, it specifies the
     location of the Hesiod configuration file.

ERRORS
     Hesiod calls may fail because of:
     ENOMEM	   Insufficient memory was available to carry out the requested operation.
     ENOEXEC	   hesiod_init() failed because the Hesiod configuration file was invalid.
     ECONNREFUSED  hesiod_resolve() failed because no name server could be contacted to answer
		   the query.
     EMSGSIZE	   hesiod_resolve() or hesiod_to_bind() failed because the query or response was
		   too big to fit into the packet buffers.
     ENOENT	   hesiod_resolve() failed because the name server had no text records matching
		   name and type, or hesiod_to_bind() failed because the name argument had a
		   domain extension which could not be resolved with type ``rhs-extension'' in
		   the local Hesiod domain.

SEE ALSO
     hesiod.conf(5), named(8)

     Hesiod - Project Athena Technical Plan -- Name Service.

AUTHORS
     Steve Dyer, IBM/Project Athena
     Greg Hudson, MIT Team Athena

     Copyright 1987, 1988, 1995, 1996 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

BUGS
     The strings corresponding to the errno values set by the Hesiod functions are not particu-
     larly indicative of what went wrong, especially for ENOEXEC and ENOENT.

BSD					September 16, 2001				      BSD


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