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NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

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

LIBRARY    [Toc]    [Back]

     Standard C Library (libc, -lc)

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]

     #include <hesiod.h>

     hesiod_init(void **context);

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

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

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

     hesiod_end(void *context);

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

     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 initialize a context, an opaque object
     which stores information used internally by the library between calls.
     The hesiod_init() function initializes a context, storing a pointer to
     the context in the location pointed to by the context argument.  The
     hesiod_end() function frees the resources used by a context.

     The hesiod_resolve() function 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.

     The hesiod_to_bind() function 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().

RETURN VALUES    [Toc]    [Back]

     The hesiod_init() function returns the value 0 if successful; otherwise
     the value -1 is returned and the global variable errno is set 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    [Toc]    [Back]

     HES_DOMAIN     If the environment variable HES_DOMAIN is set, it will
		    override the domain in the Hesiod configuration file.

     HESIOD_CONFIG  If the environment variable HESIOD_CONFIG is set, it specifies
 the location of the Hesiod configuration file.

SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]

     hesiod.conf(5), named(8)

     Hesiod - Project Athena Technical Plan -- Name Service.

ERRORS    [Toc]    [Back]

     Hesiod calls may fail because of:

     [ENOMEM]		Insufficient memory was available to carry out the
			requested operation.

     [ENOEXEC]		The hesiod_init() function failed because the Hesiod
			configuration file was invalid.

     [ECONNREFUSED]	The hesiod_resolve() function failed because no name
			server could be contacted to answer the query.

     [EMSGSIZE] 	The hesiod_resolve() or hesiod_to_bind() function
			failed because the query or response was too big to
			fit into the packet buffers.

     [ENOENT]		The hesiod_resolve() function 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.

AUTHORS    [Toc]    [Back]

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

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

BUGS    [Toc]    [Back]

     The strings corresponding to the errno values set by the Hesiod functions
     are not particularly indicative of what went wrong, especially for

FreeBSD 5.2.1		       November 30, 1996		 FreeBSD 5.2.1
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