dk - Datakit conversations
bind #kname /net/dk
bind #iname /net/dk
ctlfd = open(".../ctl", ORDWR);
write(ctlfd, "push dkmux", 10);
write(ctlfd, "config csc [no]restart name nvc window", n);
A Datakit device--either k for the regular Datakit or i for the Incon--is a directory con-
taining up to 256 directories, one per virtual circuit, named 0 through 255, and a special
file named clone. The specifier name matches the Datakit device to a physical device that
its virtual circuits are multiplexed over (see dkmux below).
Normally, the standard routines dial, hangup, listen, and announce (see dial(2)) are used
to make, listen for, and control calls over any network. The routines expect the follow-
ing properties of any multiplexed network, not just Datakit.
Opening the clone file opens the ctl file of an unused virtual circuit. Reading any ctl
file returns the name of the virtual circuit directory. For example, reading #k/17/ctl
will return the string 17.
Each virtual circuit directory contains the files:
ctl to control the virtual circuit: establish a connection, hang it up, etc.
data to converse with the remote end (via read and write)
listen to listen for calls (after announcing; see below)
other information about the conversation
raddr the address of the remote end
ruser the id of the user at the remote end (when applicable)
To set up and tear down virtual circuits a process writes textual commands to the ctl
connect addr connect to address addr. If the connection fails, the write returns an
hangup tear down a connected virtual circuit.
announce name announce the readiness to accept calls to name.
accept n accept the call on virtual circuit n.
reject n e reject the call on virtual circuit n with error code e. E must be a
number from 0 to 7.
Once a virtual circuit is set up, a process can converse with the remote service by read-
ing and writing the data file. Write boundaries are preserved.
Accepting calls to name requires the following dance:
1) announce name on a virtual circuit.
2) open the listen file in that virtual circuit's directory. When a call comes in on
a virtual circuit for name, the open will return with the file descriptor open to
the control file of the incoming virtual circuit.
3) accept or reject the call by writing an accept or reject command to the ctl file of
the announced virtual circuit.
A dkmux module pushed onto a stream makes that stream a multiplexed connection to a
Datakit. The subsequent config control message configures the multiplexer and matches it
to a dk device. The parameters to the config message are
csc the line number of the common signaling channel (must be > 0)
nvc the number of virtual circuits (optional; default chosen by Datakit)
the word restart or norestart (optional; default is restart). Restart tells the
Datakit to forget all previous connections and authentications for this machine.
name The name used in binding dk device.
window the default URP window size for virtual circuits on this Datakit line (default is
stream(3), dkconfig(8), datakit(3)