libdill: Structured Concurrency for C


ipc_fromfd_mem - wraps an existing OS-level file descriptor


#include <libdill.h>

int ipc_fromfd_mem(
    int fd,
    struct ipc_storage* mem);


IPC protocol is a bytestream protocol for transporting data among processes on the same machine. It is an equivalent to POSIX AF_LOCAL sockets.

This function wraps an existing OS-level file descriptor.

This function allows to avoid one dynamic memory allocation by storing the object in user-supplied memory. Unless you are hyper-optimizing use ipc_fromfd instead.

fd: File descriptor of a connected UNIX doemain socket to wrap.

mem: The structure to store the newly created object in. It must not be deallocated before the object is closed.

The socket can be cleanly shut down using ipc_close function which will also close the underlying file descriptor.

There's no way to unwrap the file descriptor.

This function is not available if libdill is compiled with --disable-sockets option.


In case of success the function returns newly created socket handle. In case of error it returns -1 and sets errno to one of the values below.



int fd = socket(AF_UNIX, SOCK_STREAM, 0);
connect(fd, addr, sizeof(addr));
int s = ipc_fromfd(fd);
bsend(s, "ABC", 3, -1);
char buf[3];
brecv(s, buf, sizeof(buf), -1);


brecv(3) brecvl(3) bsend(3) bsendl(3) hclose(3) ipc_accept(3) ipc_accept_mem(3) ipc_close(3) ipc_connect(3) ipc_connect_mem(3) ipc_done(3) ipc_fromfd(3) ipc_listen(3) ipc_listen_mem(3) ipc_listener_fromfd(3) ipc_listener_fromfd_mem(3) ipc_pair(3) ipc_pair_mem(3)