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REXEC(3)                   Library Functions Manual                   REXEC(3)

     rexec - return stream to a remote command

     Compatibility Library (libcompat, -lcompat)

     rexec(char **ahost, int inport, char *user, char *passwd, char *cmd,
         int *fd2p);

     This interface is obsoleted by rcmd(3).  It is available from the
     compatibility library, libcompat.

     The rexec() function looks up the host *ahost using gethostbyname(3),
     returning -1 if the host does not exist.  Otherwise *ahost is set to the
     standard name of the host.  If a username and password are both
     specified, then these are used to authenticate to the foreign host;
     otherwise the environment and then the user's .netrc file in his home
     directory are searched for appropriate information.  If all this fails,
     the user is prompted for the information.

     The port inport specifies which well-known DARPA Internet port to use for
     the connection; the call `getservbyname("exec", "tcp")' (see
     getservent(3)) will return a pointer to a structure, which contains the
     necessary port.  The protocol for connection is described in detail in

     If the connection succeeds, a socket in the Internet domain of type
     SOCK_STREAM is returned to the caller, and given to the remote command as
     stdin and stdout.  If fd2p is non-zero, then an auxiliary channel to a
     control process will be set up, and a descriptor for it will be placed in
     *fd2p.  The control process will return diagnostic output from the
     command (unit 2) on this channel, and will also accept bytes on this
     channel as being UNIX signal numbers, to be forwarded to the process
     group of the command.  The diagnostic information returned does not
     include remote authorization failure, as the secondary connection is set
     up after authorization has been verified.  If fd2p is 0, then the stderr
     (unit 2 of the remote command) will be made the same as the stdout and no
     provision is made for sending arbitrary signals to the remote process,
     although you may be able to get its attention by using out-of-band data.

     rcmd(3), rexecd(8)

     The rexec() function appeared in 4.2BSD.

NetBSD 10.99                     June 4, 1993                     NetBSD 10.99