SOCKETCALL(2)              Linux Programmer's Manual             SOCKETCALL(2)

       socketcall - socket system calls

       int socketcall(int call, unsigned long *args);

       socketcall()  is  a  common  kernel  entry  point for the socket system
       calls.  call determines which socket function to invoke.   args  points
       to a block containing the actual arguments, which are passed through to
       the appropriate call.

       User programs should call the  appropriate  functions  by  their  usual
       names.   Only  standard library implementors and kernel hackers need to
       know about socketcall().

       This call is specific to Linux, and should  not  be  used  in  programs
       intended to be portable.

       On a some architectures--for example, x86-64 and ARM--there is no sock-
       etcall() system call; instead socket(2), accept(2), bind(2), and so  on
       really are implemented as separate system calls.

       On  x86-32,  socketcall() was historically the only entry point for the
       sockets API.  However, starting in Linux 4.3, direct system  calls  are
       provided  on x86-32 for the sockets API.  This facilitates the creation
       of seccomp(2) filters that filter sockets system calls (for  new  user-
       space  binaries that are compiled to use the new entry points) and also
       provides a (very) small performance improvement.

       accept(2), bind(2), connect(2),  getpeername(2),  getsockname(2),  get-
       sockopt(2),   listen(2),  recv(2),  recvfrom(2),  recvmsg(2),  send(2),
       sendmsg(2), sendto(2), setsockopt(2), shutdown(2),  socket(2),  socket-

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