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XFN Interface Library FunctionsFN_ctx_t(3XFN)


 FN_ctx_t - an XFN context


cc [ flag ... ] file ... -lxfn [ library ... ]
#include <xfn/xfn.h>
FN_ctx_t *fn_ctx_handle_from_initial(unsigned int authoritative, FN_status_t *status);
 FN_ctx_t *fn_ctx_handle_from_ref(const FN_ref_t *ref, unsigned int authoritative, FN_status_t *status);
 FN_ref_t *fn_ctx_get_ref(const FN_ctx_t *ctx, FN_status_t *status);
 void fn_ctx_handle_destroy(FN_ctx_t *ctx);
 FN_ref_t *fn_ctx_lookup(FN_ctx_t *ctx, const FN_composite_name_t *name, FN_status_t *status);
 FN_namelist_t *fn_ctx_list_names(FN_ctx_t *ctx, const FN_composite_name_t *name, FN_status_t *status);
 FN_string_t *fn_namelist_next(FN_namelist_t *nl, FN_status_t *status);
 void fn_namelist_destroy(FN_namelist_t *nl, FN_status_t *status);
 FN_bindinglist_t *fn_ctx_list_bindings(FN_ctx_t *ctx, const FN_composite_name_t *name, FN_status_t *status);
 FN_string_t *fn_bindinglist_next(FN_bindinglist_t *iter, FN_ref_t **ref, FN_status_t *status);
 void fn_bindinglist_destroy(FN_bindinglist_t *iter_pos, FN_status_t *status);
 int fn_ctx_bind(FN_ctx_t *ctx, const FN_composite_name_t *name, const FN_ref_t *ref, unsigned int exclusive, FN_status_t *status);
 int fn_ctx_unbind(FN_ctx_t *ctx, const FN_composite_name_t *name, FN_status_t *status);
 int fn_ctx_rename(FN_ctx_t *ctx, const FN_composite_name_t *oldname, const FN_composite_name_t *newname, unsigned int exclusive, FN_status_t *status);
 FN_ref_t *fn_ctx_create_subcontext(FN_ctx_t *ctx, const FN_composite_name_t *name, FN_status_t *status);
 int fn_ctx_destroy_subcontext(FN_ctx_t *ctx, const FN_composite_name_t *name, FN_status_t *status);
 FN_ref_t *fn_ctx_lookup_link(FN_ctx_t *ctx, const FN_composite_name_t *name, FN_status_t *status);
 FN_attrset_t *fn_ctx_get_syntax_attrs(FN_ctx_t *ctx, const FN_composite_name_t *name, FN_status_t *status);



An XFN context consists of a set of name to reference bindings. An XFN context is represented by the type FN_ctx_t in the client interface. The operations for manipulating an FN_ctx_t object are described in detail in separate reference manual pages.

The following contains a brief summary of these operations:

fn_ctx_handle_from_initial() returns a pointer to an Initial Context that provides a starting point for resolution of composite names. fn_ctx_handle_from_ref() returns a handle to an FN_ctx_t object using the given reference ref. fn_ctx_get_ref() returns the reference of the context ctx. fn_ctx_handle_destroy() releases the resources associated with the FN_ctx_t object ctx; it does not affect the state of the context itself.

fn_ctx_lookup() returns the reference bound to name resolved relative to ctx. fn_ctx_list_names() is used to enumerate the atomic names bound in the context named by name resolved relative to ctx. fn_ctx_list_bindings() is used to enumerate the atomic names and their references in the context named by name resolved relative to ctx.

fn_ctx_bind() binds the composite name name to a reference ref resolved relative to ctx. fn_ctx_unbind() unbinds name resolved relative to ctx. fn_ctx_rename() binds newname to the reference bound to oldname and unbinds oldname. oldname is resolved relative to ctx; newname is resolved relative to the target context.

fn_ctx_create_subcontext() creates a new context with the given composite name name resolved relative to ctx. fn_ctx_destroy_subcontext() destroys the context named by name resolved relative to ctx.

Normal resolution always follows links. fn_ctx_lookup_link() looks up name relative to ctx, following links except for the last atomic part of name, which must be bound to an XFN link.

fn_ctx_get_syntax_attrs() returns an attribute set containing attributes that describe a context's syntax. name must name a context.



In each context operation, the caller supplies an FN_status_t object as a parameter. The called function sets this status object as described in FN_status_t(3XFN) and xfn_status_codes(3XFN).



In most of the operations of the base context interface, the caller supplies a context and a composite name. The supplied name is always interpreted relative to the supplied context.

The operation may eventually be effected on a different context called the operation's target context. Each operation has an initial resolution phase that conveys the operation to its target context, and the operation is then applied. The effect (but not necessarily the implementation) is that of doing a lookup on that portion of the name that represents the target context, and then invoking the operation on the target context. The contexts involved only in the resolution phase are called intermediate contexts.

Normal resolution of names in context operations always follows XFN links.



See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:




FN_attrset_t(3XFN), FN_composite_name_t(3XFN), FN_ref_t(3XFN), FN_status_t(3XFN), fn_ctx_bind(3XFN), fn_ctx_create_subcontext(3XFN), fn_ctx_destroy_subcontext(3XFN), fn_ctx_get_ref(3XFN), fn_ctx_get_syntax_attrs(3XFN), fn_ctx_handle_destroy(3XFN), fn_ctx_handle_from_initial(3XFN), fn_ctx_handle_from_ref(3XFN), fn_ctx_list_bindings(3XFN), fn_ctx_list_names(3XFN), fn_ctx_lookup(3XFN), fn_ctx_lookup_link(3XFN), fn_ctx_rename(3XFN), fn_ctx_unbind(3XFN), xfn(3XFN), xfn_links(3XFN), xfn_status_codes(3XFN), attributes(5)



The implementation of XFN in this Solaris release is based on the X/Open preliminary specification. It is likely that there will be minor changes to these interfaces to reflect changes in the final version of this specification. The next minor release of Solaris will offer binary compatibility for applications developed using the current interfaces. As the interfaces evolve toward standardization, it is possible that future releases of Solaris will require minor source code changes to applications that have been developed against the preliminary specification.

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