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Bug 128370 - Wrong function prototype for gethostbyaddr
Wrong function prototype for gethostbyaddr
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: man-pages (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Eido Inoue
Ben Levenson
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Reported: 2004-07-22 05:19 EDT by Mikael Lindberg
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:10 EST (History)
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Description Mikael Lindberg 2004-07-22 05:19:37 EDT
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Description of problem:
The man page gethostbyaddr(3) specifies the function prototype to be

struct hostent *gethostbyaddr(const *char, int, int) 

while it should be 

struct hostent *gethostbyaddr(const *void, socklen_t, int)

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Steps to Reproduce:
man 3 gethostbyaddr

Additional info:

/usr/include/netdb.h  specifies the prototype as

extern struct hostent *gethostbyaddr (__const void *__addr,
__socklen_t __len, int __type) __THROW;
Comment 1 Mikael Lindberg 2004-07-22 16:00:58 EDT
I could create a patch, but the change is so small I don't know if
it's of any use. :)

Also, the man-page could use some fleshing out (the arguments to the
function in question could be explained a bit better), but as this is
my first ever contribution to an OSS project, I'd be happy if somebody
could tell me if such a contribution would be welcomed.
Comment 2 Mikael Lindberg 2004-07-28 07:26:53 EDT
Mailed Andries Brouwer (the maintainer of the man-pages) and he
corrected it. Also, he mentioned that the BSD prototype specifies char*. 
What is correct in this case?
Comment 3 Eido Inoue 2004-08-20 14:08:39 EDT
The man-page specifically mentions that the prototypes conform to BSD.
It also mentions that socklen_t is the correct type for POSIX in the

man 3p gethostbyname

should be used to refer to the POSIX man pages.

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