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FBB::GetHostent(3bobcat) Host information FBB::GetHostent(3bobcat)


FBB::GetHostent - Obtain hostent struct from hostname or -address


#include <bobcat/gethostent>
Linking option: -lbobcat


FBB::GetHostent objects produce hostent structs which may be used by other types of objects. The FBB::GetHostent class is therefore primarily used as a base-class for other classes and is seldomly used `stand-alone’. The hostent structs are static structs, but a non-static copy may be obtained using an FBB::Hostent object.

A hostent struct is defined as follows:

struct hostent
char *h_name; // official name of host
char **h_aliases; // alias list
int h_addrtype; // host address type (always AF_INET)
int h_length; // length of address
char **h_addr_list; // list of addresses
The address fields are binary values of the addresses, each address requiring h_length bytes, the last address being equal to 0. These binary values may be converted to character-representations by the addressToString() member, which uses inet_ntop(), internally.


All constructors, members, operators and manipulators, mentioned in this man-page, are defined in the namespace FBB.




All members of the class FBB::GetHostent are static. Consequently, there is no need to construct a FBB::GetHostent object.


hostent const *gethostent(char const *errorprefix, std::string const &nameOrAddress):
The gethostent() member returns a pointer to a static struct hostent. It contains the information about the host whose name or dotted decimal address was provided as its second argument. Its first argument is an error string prefix, prefixing the error message in an FBB::Exception object. Such an object is thrown as an exception when the host’s information could not be retrieved.
std::string addressToString(char const *errorprefix, void const *ads):
This member returns the dotted decimal address of the host whose binary address is provided at ads. Its first argument is an error string prefix, prefixing the error message in an FBB::Exception object. Such an object is thrown as an exception when the dotted decimal address could not be determined.
The class’ members can only be used when the host whose name or address is searched can be resolved by a name resolution process, e.g., bind(1).


#include <iostream>
#include <algorithm>
#include <iterator>
#include <bobcat/hostent>
#include <bobcat/gethostent>

using namespace std;
using namespace FBB;

int main(int argc, char **argv)
if (argc == 1)
cerr << "Provide a host name or host address to solve\n";
return 1;

Hostent he(GetHostent::gethostent(argv[1], argv[1]));
cout << "Hostname: " << he.hostname() << endl;
cout << "Aliases:\n";
copy(he.beginAlias(), he.endAlias(),
ostream_iterator<char const *>(cout, "\n"));
cout << "Addresses:\n";
for (size_t idx = 0; idx < he.nAddresses(); idx++)
cout << he.dottedDecimalAddress(idx) << endl;
catch (Exception const &err)
cout << err.what() << endl;
return 1;


bobcat/gethostent - defines the class interface


bind(1), bobcat(7), gethostbyaddr(3) gethostbyname(3), hostent(3bobcat), inetaddress(3bobcat), inet_ntop(3)


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This is free software, distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).


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