Thread: how to recover when getprotobyname("tcp") fails?

  1. #1
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    Oct 2002

    how to recover when getprotobyname("tcp") fails?

    When getprotobyname("tcp") returns NULL, how do you recover? I tried:
      while ( ((int)(ptrp = getprotobyname("tcp"))) == 0)  {
        fprintf(stderr, "cannot map \"tcp\" to protocol number\n");
    but it doesn't seem to get working again until the application trying to connect to this app disconnects.

    Is there a good way to recover from this?

  2. #2
    Evil Member
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    Jan 2002
    I'm not sure if that specific call has a non-blocking version, (it probably does, most of the networking ones do) but you might consider makeing a thread for it and setting it loose, and having the parent thread run a timeout for it.

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