entry (reentrant)

       #include <netdb.h>

       int getprotoent_r(struct protoent *result_buf, char *buf,
                       size_t buflen, struct protoent **result);

       int getprotobyname_r(const char *name,
                       struct protoent *result_buf, char *buf,
                       size_t buflen, struct protoent **result);

       int getprotobynumber_r(int proto,
                       struct protoent *result_buf, char *buf,
                       size_t buflen, struct protoent **result);

   Feature Test Macro Requirements for glibc (see feature_test_macros(7)):

       getprotoent_r(), getprotobyname_r(), getprotobynumber_r():
           _BSD_SOURCE || _SVID_SOURCE

       The getprotoent_r(), getprotobyname_r(), and getprotobynumber_r() func-
       tions  are  the reentrant equivalents of, respectively, getprotoent(3),
       getprotobyname(3), and getprotobynumber(3).  They  differ  in  the  way
       that  the  protoent  structure is returned, and in the function calling
       signature and return value.  This manual page describes just  the  dif-
       ferences from the nonreentrant functions.

       Instead  of  returning  a  pointer  to  a statically allocated protoent
       structure as the function result, these functions  copy  the  structure
       into the location pointed to by result_buf.

       The  buf  array  is  used  to store the string fields pointed to by the
       returned protoent  structure.   (The  nonreentrant  functions  allocate
       these  strings in static storage.)  The size of this array is specified
       in buflen.  If buf is too small, the call fails with the error  ERANGE,
       and  the  caller  must  try  again  with a larger buffer.  (A buffer of
       length 1024 bytes should be sufficient for most applications.)

       If the function call  successfully  obtains  a  protocol  record,  then
       *result  is  set  pointing  to result_buf; otherwise, *result is set to

       On success, these functions return 0.  On error, they return one of the
       positive error numbers listed in ERRORS.

       On  error, record not found (getprotobyname_r(), getprotobynumber_r()),
       or end of input (getprotoent_r()) result is set to NULL.

       ENOENT (getprotoent_r()) No more records in database.

       initial value for buflen; if getprotobyname_r() fails  with  the  error
       ERANGE,  the  program  retries with larger buffer sizes.  The following
       shell session shows a couple of sample runs:

           $ ./a.out tcp 1
           ERANGE! Retrying with larger buffer
           getprotobyname_r() returned: 0 (success)  (buflen=78)
           p_name=tcp; p_proto=6; aliases=TCP
           $ ./a.out xxx 1
           ERANGE! Retrying with larger buffer
           getprotobyname_r() returned: 0 (success)  (buflen=100)
           Call failed/record not found

   Program source

       #define _GNU_SOURCE
       #include <ctype.h>
       #include <netdb.h>
       #include <stdlib.h>
       #include <stdio.h>
       #include <errno.h>
       #include <string.h>

       #define MAX_BUF 10000

       main(int argc, char *argv[])
           int buflen, erange_cnt, s;
           struct protoent result_buf;
           struct protoent *result;
           char buf[MAX_BUF];
           char **p;

           if (argc < 2) {
               printf("Usage: %s proto-name [buflen]\n", argv[0]);

           buflen = 1024;
           if (argc > 2)
               buflen = atoi(argv[2]);

           if (buflen > MAX_BUF) {
               printf("Exceeded buffer limit (%d)\n", MAX_BUF);

           erange_cnt = 0;
           do {
               s = getprotobyname_r(argv[1], &result_buf,
                            buf, buflen, &result);
               if (s == ERANGE) {
                   if (erange_cnt == 0)

           } while (s == ERANGE);

           printf("getprotobyname_r() returned: %s  (buflen=%d)\n",
                   (s == 0) ? "0 (success)" : (s == ENOENT) ? "ENOENT" :
                   strerror(s), buflen);

           if (s != 0 || result == NULL) {
               printf("Call failed/record not found\n");

           printf("p_name=%s; p_proto=%d; aliases=",
                       result_buf.p_name, result_buf.p_proto);
           for (p = result_buf.p_aliases; *p != NULL; p++)
               printf("%s ", *p);


       getprotoent(3), protocols(5)

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