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ACCEPT(2)		   Linux Programmer's Manual		     ACCEPT(2)

       accept - accept a connection on a socket

       #include <sys/types.h>
       #include <sys/socket.h>

       int accept(int sockfd, struct sockaddr *addr, socklen_t *addrlen);

       The  accept()  system  call  is used with connection-based socket types
       (SOCK_STREAM,  SOCK_SEQPACKET).	 It  extracts  the  first   connection
       request	on  the	 queue of pending connections, creates a new connected
       socket, and returns a new file descriptor  referring  to	 that  socket.
       The  newly  created socket is not in the listening state.  The original
       socket sockfd is unaffected by this call.

       The argument sockfd is a socket that has been created  with  socket(2),
       bound to a local address with bind(2), and is listening for connections
       after a listen(2).

       The argument addr is a pointer to a sockaddr structure.	This structure
       is  filled in with the address of the peer socket, as known to the com-
       munications layer.  The exact format of the address  returned  addr  is
       determined  by  the  socket's  address  family  (see  socket(2) and the
       respective protocol man pages).	The addrlen argument is a value-result
       argument: it should initially contain the size of the structure pointed
       to by addr; on return it will contain the actual length (in  bytes)  of
       the address returned. When addr is NULL nothing is filled in.

       If  no  pending connections are present on the queue, and the socket is
       not marked as non-blocking, accept() blocks the caller until a  connec-
       tion  is	 present.  If the socket is marked non-blocking and no pending
       connections are present on the queue, accept()  fails  with  the	 error

       In  order  to  be notified of incoming connections on a socket, you can
       use select(2) or poll(2).  A readable event will be  delivered  when  a
       new  connection	is  attempted  and you may then call accept() to get a
       socket for that connection.  Alternatively, you can set the  socket  to
       deliver	SIGIO  when  activity  occurs  on  a socket; see socket(7) for

       For certain protocols which require an explicit confirmation,  such  as
       DECNet, accept() can be thought of as merely dequeuing the next connec-
       tion request  and  not  implying	 confirmation.	 Confirmation  can  be
       implied	by  a  normal  read  or	 write on the new file descriptor, and
       rejection can be implied by closing the new socket. Currently only DEC-
       Net has these semantics on Linux.

       There may not always be a connection waiting after a SIGIO is delivered
       or select(2) or poll(2) return a readability event because the  connec-
       tion  might  have  been	removed	 by  an	 asynchronous network error or
       another thread before accept() is called.  If  this  happens  then  the
       call  will  block waiting for the next connection to arrive.  To ensure
       that accept() never blocks, the passed socket sockfd needs to have  the
       O_NONBLOCK flag set (see socket(7)).

       On  success, accept() returns a non-negative integer that is a descrip-
       tor for the accepted socket.  On error, -1 is returned,	and  errno  is
       set appropriately.

       Linux  accept() passes already-pending network errors on the new socket
       as an error code from accept().	This behaviour differs from other  BSD
       socket  implementations.	 For reliable operation the application should
       detect the network errors defined for the protocol after	 accept()  and
       treat  them  like EAGAIN by retrying. In case of TCP/IP these are ENET-
       and ENETUNREACH.

       accept() shall fail if:

	      The socket is marked non-blocking and no connections are present
	      to be accepted.

       EBADF  The descriptor is invalid.

	      A connection has been aborted.

       EINTR  The system call was interrupted by  a  signal  that  was	caught
	      before a valid connection arrived.

       EINVAL Socket  is  not listening for connections, or addrlen is invalid
	      (e.g., is negative).

       EMFILE The per-process limit of open file descriptors has been reached.

       ENFILE The  system  limit  on  the  total number of open files has been

	      The descriptor references a file, not a socket.

	      The referenced socket is not of type SOCK_STREAM.

       accept() may fail if:

       EFAULT The addr argument is not in a writable part of the user  address

	      Not  enough free memory.	This often means that the memory allo-
	      cation is limited by the socket buffer limits, not by the system

       EPROTO Protocol error.

       Linux accept() may fail if:

       EPERM  Firewall rules forbid connection.

       In  addition,  network errors for the new socket and as defined for the
       protocol may be returned. Various Linux kernels can return other errors
       ERESTARTSYS may be seen during a trace.

       SVr4, 4.4BSD (accept() first appeared in 4.2BSD).

       On Linux, the new socket returned by accept()  does  not	 inherit  file
       status  flags such as O_NONBLOCK and O_ASYNC from the listening socket.
       This behaviour differs from the canonical BSD  sockets  implementation.
       Portable	 programs should not rely on inheritance or non-inheritance of
       file status flags and always explicitly set all required flags  on  the
       socket returned from accept().

       The  third  argument  of accept() was originally declared as an 'int *'
       (and is that under libc4 and libc5 and on many other systems  like  4.x
       BSD,  SunOS 4, SGI); a POSIX.1g draft standard wanted to change it into
       a 'size_t *', and that is what it is for SunOS 5.  Later	 POSIX	drafts
       have 'socklen_t *', and so do the Single Unix Specification and glibc2.
       Quoting Linus Torvalds:

       "_Any_ sane library _must_ have "socklen_t" be the same	size  as  int.
       Anything	 else  breaks any BSD socket layer stuff.  POSIX initially did
       make it a size_t, and I (and hopefully others, but  obviously  not  too
       many)  complained  to  them  very loudly indeed.	 Making it a size_t is
       completely broken, exactly because size_t very seldom is the same  size
       as  "int"  on  64-bit architectures, for example.  And it has to be the
       same size as "int" because that's what the  BSD	socket	interface  is.
       Anyway,	 the   POSIX   people  eventually  got	a  clue,  and  created
       "socklen_t".  They shouldn't have touched it in the  first  place,  but
       once  they  did	they felt it had to have a named type for some unfath-
       omable reason (probably somebody didn't like losing  face  over	having
       done  the  original  stupid  thing, so they silently just renamed their

       bind(2), connect(2), listen(2), select(2), socket(2)

Linux 2.6.7			  2004-06-17			     ACCEPT(2)
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