ares_gethostbyname - Initiate a host query by name
typedef void (*ares_host_callback)(void *arg, int status,
struct hostent *hostent)
void ares_gethostbyname(ares_channel channel, const char *name,
int family, ares_host_callback callback, void *arg)
The ares_gethostbyname function initiates a host query by name on the
name service channel identified by channel. The parameter name gives
the hostname as a NUL-terminated C string, and family gives the desired
type of address for the resulting host entry. When the query is
complete or has failed, the ares library will invoke callback.
Completion or failure of the query may happen immediately, or may
happen during a later call to ares_process(3) or ares_destroy(3).
The callback argument arg is copied from the ares_gethostbyname
argument arg. The callback argument status indicates whether the query
succeeded and, if not, how it failed. It may have any of the following
ARES_SUCCESS The host lookup completed successfully.
ARES_ENOTIMP The ares library does not know how to find addresses
of type family.
ARES_EBADNAME The hostname name is composed entirely of numbers
and periods, but is not a valid representation of an
ARES_ENOTFOUND The address addr was not found.
ARES_ENOMEM Memory was exhausted.
ARES_EDESTRUCTION The name service channel channel is being destroyed;
the query will not be completed.
On successful completion of the query, the callback argument hostent
points to a struct hostent containing the name of the host returned by
the query. The callback need not and should not attempt to free the
memory pointed to by hostent; the ares library will free it when the
callback returns. If the query did not complete successfully, hostent
will be NULL.
Greg Hudson, MIT Information Systems
Copyright 1998 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
25 July 1998