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Net::hostent(3p) Perl Programmers Reference GuideNet::hostent(3p)

       Net::hostent - by-name interface to Perl's built-in geth-
       ost*() functions

        use Net::hostent;

       This module's default exports override the core gethostby-
       name() and gethostbyaddr() functions, replacing them with
       versions that return "Net::hostent" objects.  This object
       has methods that return the similarly named structure
       field name from the C's hostent structure from netdb.h;
       namely name, aliases, addrtype, length, and addr_list.
       The aliases and addr_list methods return array reference,
       the rest scalars.  The addr method is equivalent to the
       zeroth element in the addr_list array reference.

       You may also import all the structure fields directly into
       your namespace as regular variables using the :FIELDS
       import tag.  (Note that this still overrides your core
       functions.)  Access these fields as variables named with a
       preceding "h_".  Thus, "$host_obj->name()" corresponds to
       $h_name if you import the fields.  Array references are
       available as regular array variables, so for example "@{
       $host_obj->aliases() }" would be simply @h_aliases.

       The gethost() function is a simple front-end that forwards
       a numeric argument to gethostbyaddr() by way of
       Socket::inet_aton, and the rest to gethostbyname().

       To access this functionality without the core overrides,
       pass the "use" an empty import list, and then access func-
       tion functions with their full qualified names.  On the
       other hand, the built-ins are still available via the
       "CORE::" pseudo-package.

        use Net::hostent;
        use Socket;

        @ARGV = ('netscape.com') unless @ARGV;

        for $host ( @ARGV ) {

           unless ($h = gethost($host)) {
               warn "$0: no such host: $host\n";

           printf "\n%s is %s%s\n",
                   lc($h->name) eq lc($host) ? "" : "*really* ",

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Net::hostent(3p) Perl Programmers Reference GuideNet::hostent(3p)

           print "\taliases are ", join(", ", @{$h->aliases}), "\n"
                       if @{$h->aliases};

           if ( @{$h->addr_list} > 1 ) {
               my $i;
               for $addr ( @{$h->addr_list} ) {
                   printf "\taddr #%d is [%s]\n", $i++, inet_ntoa($addr);
           } else {
               printf "\taddress is [%s]\n", inet_ntoa($h->addr);

           if ($h = gethostbyaddr($h->addr)) {
               if (lc($h->name) ne lc($host)) {
                   printf "\tThat addr reverses to host %s!\n", $h->name;
                   $host = $h->name;

       While this class is currently implemented using the
       Class::Struct module to build a struct-like class, you
       shouldn't rely upon this.

       Tom Christiansen

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