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NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

       bio - I/O abstraction

LIBRARY    [Toc]    [Back]

       libcrypto, -lcrypto

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]

        #include <openssl/bio.h>


DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

       A BIO is an I/O abstraction, it hides many of the underlying
 I/O details from an application. If an application
       uses a BIO for its I/O it can transparently handle SSL
       connections, unencrypted network connections and file I/O.

       There are two type of BIO, a source/sink BIO and a filter

       As its name implies a source/sink BIO is a source and/or
       sink of data, examples include a socket BIO and a file

       A filter BIO takes data from one BIO and passes it through
       to another, or the application. The data may be left
       unmodified (for example a message digest BIO) or translated
 (for example an encryption BIO). The effect of a
       filter BIO may change according to the I/O operation it is
       performing: for example an encryption BIO will encrypt
       data if it is being written to and decrypt data if it is
       being read from.

       BIOs can be joined together to form a chain (a single BIO
       is a chain with one component). A chain normally consist
       of one source/sink BIO and one or more filter BIOs. Data
       read from or written to the first BIO then traverses the
       chain to the end (normally a source/sink BIO).

SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]

       BIO_ctrl(3), BIO_f_base64(3), BIO_f_buffer(3),
       BIO_f_cipher(3), BIO_f_md(3), BIO_f_null(3), BIO_f_ssl(3),
       BIO_find_type(3), BIO_new(3), BIO_new_bio_pair(3),
       BIO_push(3), BIO_read(3), BIO_s_accept(3), BIO_s_bio(3),
       BIO_s_connect(3), BIO_s_fd(3), BIO_s_file(3),
       BIO_s_mem(3), BIO_s_null(3), BIO_s_socket(3),
       BIO_set_callback(3), BIO_should_retry(3)

2001-07-11                    0.9.6g                       bio(3)
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