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REXEC(3)                   Linux Programmer's Manual                  REXEC(3)



NAME
       rexec - return stream to a remote command

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

DESCRIPTION
       This interface is obsoleted by rcmd(3).

       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  getser-
       vent(3))  will return a pointer to a structure that contains the neces-
       sary port.  The protocol for connection is described in detail in  rex-
       ecd(8).

       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 setup, 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 std-
       out 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.

CONFORMING TO
       Not in POSIX.1-2001.  Present on the BSDs, Solaris, and many other sys-
       tems.  The rexec() function appeared in 4.2BSD.

BUGS
       The rexec() function sends the unencrypted password across the network.

       The  underlying service is considered a big security hole and therefore
       not enabled on many sites, see rexecd(8) for explanations.

SEE ALSO
       rcmd(3), rexecd(8)

COLOPHON
       This page is part of release 3.05 of the Linux  man-pages  project.   A
       description  of  the project, and information about reporting bugs, can
       be found at http://www.kernel.org/doc/man-pages/.



Linux                             2007-12-28                          REXEC(3)