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/* us_xfr_cl.c

   An example UNIX domain stream socket client. This client transmits contents
   of stdin to a server socket.

   See also us_xfr_sv.c.
#include "us_xfr.h"
main(int argc, char *argv[])
    struct sockaddr_un addr;
    int sfd;
    ssize_t numRead;
    char buf[BUF_SIZE];

    sfd = socket(AF_UNIX, SOCK_STREAM, 0);      /* Create client socket */
    if (sfd == -1)

    /* Construct server address, and make the connection */

    memset(&addr, 0, sizeof(struct sockaddr_un));
    addr.sun_family = AF_UNIX;
    strncpy(addr.sun_path, SV_SOCK_PATH, sizeof(addr.sun_path) - 1);

    if (connect(sfd, (struct sockaddr *) &addr,
                sizeof(struct sockaddr_un)) == -1)

    /* Copy stdin to socket */

    while ((numRead = read(STDIN_FILENO, buf, BUF_SIZE)) > 0)
        if (write(sfd, buf, numRead) != numRead)
            fatal("partial/failed write");

    if (numRead == -1)

    exit(EXIT_SUCCESS);         /* Closes our socket; server sees EOF */


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