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Bind a name to a socket.

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bind - bind a name to a socket


#include <sys/types.h> /* See NOTES */ #include <sys/socket.h> int bind(int sockfd, const struct sockaddr *addr, socklen_t addrlen);


When a socket is created with socket(2), it exists in a name space (address family) but has no address assigned to it. bind() assigns the address specified by addr to the socket referred to by the file descriptor sockfd. addrlen specifies the size, in bytes, of the address structure pointed to by addr. Traditionally, this operation is called “assigning a name to a socket”. It is normally necessary to assign a local address using bind() before a SOCK_STREAM socket may receive connections (see accept(2)). The rules used in name binding vary between address families. Consult the manual entries in Section 7 for detailed information. For AF_INET, see ip(7); for AF_INET6, see ipv6(7); for AF_UNIX, see unix(7); for AF_APPLETALK, see ddp(7); for AF_PACKET, see packet(7); for AF_X25, see x25(7); and for AF_NETLINK, see netlink(7). The actual structure passed for the addr argument will depend on the address family. The sockaddr structure is defined as something like: struct sockaddr { sa_family_t sa_family; char sa_data[14]; } The only purpose of this structure is to cast the structure pointer passed in addr in order to avoid compiler warnings. See EXAMPLE below.


On success, zero is returned. On error, -1 is returned, and errno is set appropriately.


EACCES The address is protected, and the user is not the superuser. EADDRINUSE The given address is already in use. EADDRINUSE (Internet domain sockets) The port number was specified as zero in the socket address structure, but, upon attempting to bind to an ephemeral port, it was deter‐ mined that all port numbers in the ephemeral port range are currently in use. See the discussion of /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_local_port_range ip(7). EBADF sockfd is not a valid file descriptor. EINVAL The socket is already bound to an address. EINVAL addrlen is wrong, or addr is not a valid address for this socket's domain. ENOTSOCK The file descriptor sockfd does not refer to a socket. The following errors are specific to UNIX domain (AF_UNIX) sockets: EACCES Search permission is denied on a component of the path prefix. (See also path_res‐ olution(7).) EADDRNOTAVAIL A nonexistent interface was requested or the requested address was not local. EFAULT addr points outside the user's accessible address space. ELOOP Too many symbolic links were encountered in resolving addr. ENAMETOOLONG addr is too long. ENOENT A component in the directory prefix of the socket pathname does not exist. ENOMEM Insufficient kernel memory was available. ENOTDIR A component of the path prefix is not a directory. EROFS The socket inode would reside on a read-only filesystem.


POSIX.1-2001, POSIX.1-2008, SVr4, 4.4BSD (bind() first appeared in 4.2BSD).


POSIX.1 does not require the inclusion of <sys/types.h>, and this header file is not required on Linux. However, some historical (BSD) implementations required this header file, and portable applications are probably wise to include it. For background on the socklen_t type, see accept(2).


The transparent proxy options are not described.


An example of the use of bind() with Internet domain sockets can be found in getad‐ drinfo(3). The following example shows how to bind a stream socket in the UNIX (AF_UNIX) domain, and accept connections: #include <sys/socket.h> #include <sys/un.h> #include <stdlib.h> #include <stdio.h> #include <string.h> #define MY_SOCK_PATH "/somepath" #define LISTEN_BACKLOG 50 #define handle_error(msg) \ do { perror(msg); exit(EXIT_FAILURE); } while (0) int main(int argc, char *argv[]) { int sfd, cfd; struct sockaddr_un my_addr, peer_addr; socklen_t peer_addr_size; sfd = socket(AF_UNIX, SOCK_STREAM, 0); if (sfd == -1) handle_error("socket"); memset(&my_addr, 0, sizeof(struct sockaddr_un)); /* Clear structure */ my_addr.sun_family = AF_UNIX; strncpy(my_addr.sun_path, MY_SOCK_PATH, sizeof(my_addr.sun_path) - 1); if (bind(sfd, (struct sockaddr *) &my_addr, sizeof(struct sockaddr_un)) == -1) handle_error("bind"); if (listen(sfd, LISTEN_BACKLOG) == -1) handle_error("listen"); /* Now we can accept incoming connections one at a time using accept(2) */ peer_addr_size = sizeof(struct sockaddr_un); cfd = accept(sfd, (struct sockaddr *) &peer_addr, &peer_addr_size); if (cfd == -1) handle_error("accept"); /* Code to deal with incoming connection(s)... */ /* When no longer required, the socket pathname, MY_SOCK_PATH should be deleted using unlink(2) or remove(3) */ }


accept(2), connect(2), getsockname(2), listen(2), socket(2), getaddrinfo(3), getifad‐ drs(3), ip(7), ipv6(7), path_resolution(7), socket(7), unix(7)


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