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This is a very incomplete reimplementation of the UNIX domain socket driver that I wrote and added to the www.erlang.org "User Contributions" collection. There are two things that this driver can do that the original UNIX domain socket driver cannot: 1. It has a "getfd" call so that Erlang can discover the underlying UNIX file descriptor for the socket. 2. Has the ability to use BSD-style file descriptor passing to pass file descriptors between Erlang nodes running on the same machine. The file descriptor passing has been tested under Linux and FreeBSD. It should work under Solaris (minor tweaking perhaps necessary?) and any other platform that supports BSD-style file descriptor passing over UNIX domain sockets. To test the file descriptor passing, to the following: On machine-A: % make ... GNU make is required, sorry! % cd test % make % make test ... optional, but shows some instructions % erl -pz ../ebin 1> file:delete("/tmp/sock"). 2> unixdom_test:tcp_listen(5555, "/tmp/sock"). On machine-A, but in another login session: % cd test % erl -pz ../ebin 1> unixdom_test:receive_fd("/tmp/sock"). [... some time later ...] TCP socket fd 8 received, looping now On machine-B: % telnet machine-A 5555 Trying 10.1.1.1... Connected to machine-A Escape character is '^]'. Hello, there! Please type some stuff: If someone would like to fix this driver up, they are more than welcome to! I have only done enough to implement the file descriptor passing. My intention was to create a minimal implementation this time, relying on using gen_tcp:fdopen() or prim_inet:fdopen() to create a full-featured socket port, rather than trying to re-invent the wheel (including all of the gadgets, like packet encoding types, that the inets driver currently supports!). -Scott 23 February 2004