gdomap - GNUstep Distributed Objects name server
gdomap [-C|-H] [-I pidfile] [-L name] [-M name] [-N] [-P number] [-R
name] [-T type] [-U name] [-a file] [-c file] [-d] [-f] [-i seconds]
gdomap The gdomap daemon is used by GNUstep programs to look up
distributed objects of processes running on the local machine as well
as across the network. This manual page explains the usage of gdomap.
For design and implementation information, please see the HTML
documentation installed in $GNUSTEP_SYSTEM_DOC, under Command-line
Usually the gdomap daemon is started at system boot time and binds
itself to port 538. See the GNUstep Build Guide for a sample startup
Gdomap normally probes every machine on the local network to see if
there is a copy of gdomap running on it. This is done for class-C
networks and subnets of class-C networks. If your host is on a class-B
or class-A net then the default behaviour is to treat it as a class-C
net and probe only the hosts that would be expected on a class-C
network of the same number.
If you are running on a class-A or class-B network, or if your net has
a large number of hosts which will not have gdomap on them - you may
want to supply a configuration file listing the hosts to be probed
explicitly, rather than getting gdomap to probe all hosts on the local
You may also want to supply the configuration file so that hosts which
are not actually on your local network can still be found when your
code tries to connect to a host using @"*" as the host name. NB. this
functionality does not exist in OpenStep.
A configuration file consists of a list of IP addresses to be probed.
The IP addresses should be in standard ’dot’ notation, one per line.
Empty lines are permitted in the configuration file. Anything on a
line after a hash (’#’) is ignored. You tell gdomap about the config
file with the ’-c’ command line option.
gdomap uses the SIOCGIFCONF ioctl to build a list of IP addresses and
netmasks for the network interface cards on your machine. On some
operating systems, this facility is not available (or is broken), so
you must tell gdomap the addresses and masks of the interfaces using
the ’-a’ command line option. The file named with ’-a’ should contain
a series of lines with space separated pairs of addresses and masks in
’dot’ notation. You must NOT include loopback interfaces in this list.
If you want to support broadcasting of probe information on a network,
you may supply the broadcast address as a third item on the line. If
your operating system has some other method of giving you a list of
network interfaces and masks, please send me example code so that I can
implement it in gdomap.
-C help about configuration
-H general help
-I pid file to write pid
perform lookup for name then quit.
machine name for -L and -N
-N list all names registered on host
port number required for -R option.
register name locally then quit.
port type for -L , -R and -U options - tcp_gdo, udp_gdo,
unregister name locally then quit.
use config file for interface list.
use config file for probe.
-d extra debug logging (normally via syslog).
-f avoid fork() to make debugging easy
re-probe at this interval (roughly), min 60
-p disable probing for other servers
Use the -c option to specify a configuration file for gdomap. See under
DESCRIPTION for possible configurations.
Kill with SIGUSR1 to obtain a dump of all known peers in
gdomap -N lists all registered names on the local host.
gdomap -C gives above instructions on how to set up gdomap.
gdnc(1), GNUstep(7), gpbs(1)
The GNUstep Build Guide example rc script: <http://gnustep.made-
Work on gdomap started in October 1996.
This manual page first appeared in gnustep-base 1.7.1 (June 2003).
gdomap was written by Richard Frith-McDonald <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This manual page was put together by Martin Brecher <martin@mb-