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netinet/in.h — Internet address family

Synopsis

#include <netinet/in.h>

Description

The <netinet/in.h> header shall define the following types:

in_port_t
Equivalent to the type uint16_t as described in <inttypes.h>.
in_addr_t
Equivalent to the type uint32_t as described in <inttypes.h>.

The <netinet_in.h> header shall define the sa_family_t type as described in <sys/socket.h>.

The <netinet_in.h> header shall define the uint8_t and uint32_t types as described in <inttypes.h>. Inclusion of the <netinet/in.h> header may also make visible all symbols from <inttypes.h> and <sys/socket.h>.

The <netinet/in.h> header shall define the in_addr structure, which shall include at least the following member:

in_addr_t  s_addr

The <netinet/in.h> header shall define the sockaddr_in structure, which shall include at least the following members:

sa_family_t     sin_family   AF_INET.
in_port_t       sin_port     Port number.
struct in_addr  sin_addr     IP address.

The sin_port and sin_addr members shall be in network byte order.

The sockaddr_in structure is used to store addresses for the Internet address family. Pointers to this type shall be cast by applications to struct sockaddr * for use with socket functions.

The <netinet/in.h> header shall define the in6_addr structure, which shall include at least the following member:

uint8_t s6_addr[16]

This array is used to contain a 128-bit IPv6 address, stored in network byte order.

The <netinet/in.h> header shall define the sockaddr_in6 structure, which shall include at least the following members:

sa_family_t      sin6_family    AF_INET6.
in_port_t        sin6_port      Port number.
uint32_t         sin6_flowinfo  IPv6 traffic class and flow information.
struct in6_addr  sin6_addr      IPv6 address.
uint32_t         sin6_scope_id  Set of interfaces for a scope.

The sin6_port and sin6_addr members shall be in network byte order.

The sockaddr_in6 structure shall be set to zero by an application prior to using it, since implementations are free to have additional, implementation-defined fields in sockaddr_in6.

The sin6_scope_id field is a 32-bit integer that identifies a set of interfaces as appropriate for the scope of the address carried in the sin6_addr field. For a link scope sin6_addr, the application shall ensure that sin6_scope_id is a link index. For a site scope sin6_addr, the application shall ensure that sin6_scope_id is a site index. The mapping of sin6_scope_id to an interface or set of interfaces is implementation-defined.

The <netinet/in.h> header shall declare the following external variable:

const struct in6_addr in6addr_any

This variable is initialized by the system to contain the wildcard IPv6 address. The <netinet/in.h> header also defines the IN6ADDR_ANY_INIT macro. This macro must be constant at compile time and can be used to initialize a variable of type struct in6_addr to the IPv6 wildcard address.

The <netinet/in.h> header shall declare the following external variable:

const struct in6_addr in6addr_loopback

This variable is initialized by the system to contain the loopback IPv6 address. The <netinet/in.h> header also defines the IN6ADDR_LOOPBACK_INIT macro. This macro must be constant at compile time and can be used to initialize a variable of type struct in6_addr to the IPv6 loopback address.

The <netinet/in.h> header shall define the ipv6_mreq structure, which shall include at least the following members:

struct in6_addr  ipv6mr_multiaddr  IPv6 multicast address.
unsigned         ipv6mr_interface  Interface index.

The <netinet/in.h> header shall define the following symbolic constants for use as values of the level argument of getsockopt() and setsockopt():

IPPROTO_IP
Internet protocol.
IPPROTO_IPV6
Internet Protocol Version 6.
IPPROTO_ICMP
Control message protocol.
IPPROTO_RAW
Raw IP Packets Protocol.
IPPROTO_TCP
Transmission control protocol.
IPPROTO_UDP
User datagram protocol.

The <netinet/in.h> header shall define the following symbolic constants for use as destination addresses for connect(), sendmsg(), and sendto():

INADDR_ANY
IPv4 local host address.
INADDR_BROADCAST
IPv4 broadcast address.

The <netinet/in.h> header shall define the following symbolic constant, with the value specified, to help applications declare buffers of the proper size to store IPv4 addresses in string form:

INET_ADDRSTRLEN
16. Length of the string form for IP.

The htonl(), htons(), ntohl(), and ntohs() functions shall be available as described in <arpa/inet.h>. Inclusion of the <netinet/in.h> header may also make visible all symbols from <arpa/inet.h>.

The <netinet/in.h> header shall define the following symbolic constant, with the value specified, to help applications declare buffers of the proper size to store IPv6 addresses in string form:

INET6_ADDRSTRLEN
46. Length of the string form for IPv6.

The <netinet/in.h> header shall define the following symbolic constants, with distinct integer values, for use in the option_name argument in the getsockopt() or setsockopt() functions at protocol level IPPROTO_IPV6:

IPV6_JOIN_GROUP
Join a multicast group.
IPV6_LEAVE_GROUP
Quit a multicast group.
IPV6_MULTICAST_HOPS
Multicast hop limit.
IPV6_MULTICAST_IF
Interface to use for outgoing multicast packets.
IPV6_MULTICAST_LOOP
Multicast packets are delivered back to the local application.
IPV6_UNICAST_HOPS
Unicast hop limit.
IPV6_V6ONLY
Restrict AF_INET6 socket to IPv6 communications only.

The <netinet/in.h> header shall define the following macros that test for special IPv6 addresses. Each macro is of type int and takes a single argument of type const struct in6_addr *:

IN6_IS_ADDR_UNSPECIFIED
Unspecified address.
IN6_IS_ADDR_LOOPBACK
Loopback address.
IN6_IS_ADDR_MULTICAST
Multicast address.
IN6_IS_ADDR_LINKLOCAL
Unicast link-local address.
IN6_IS_ADDR_SITELOCAL
Unicast site-local address.
IN6_IS_ADDR_V4MAPPED
IPv4 mapped address.
IN6_IS_ADDR_V4COMPAT
IPv4-compatible address.
IN6_IS_ADDR_MC_NODELOCAL
Multicast node-local address.
IN6_IS_ADDR_MC_LINKLOCAL
Multicast link-local address.
IN6_IS_ADDR_MC_SITELOCAL
Multicast site-local address.
IN6_IS_ADDR_MC_ORGLOCAL
Multicast organization-local address.
IN6_IS_ADDR_MC_GLOBAL
Multicast global address.

The following sections are informative.

See Also

Section 4.9, Host and Network Byte Orders, <arpa_inet.h>, <inttypes.h>, <sys_socket.h>

The System Interfaces volume of POSIX.1‐2008, connect(), getsockopt(), htonl(), sendmsg(), sendto(), setsockopt()

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