Perl getprotobyname Function



This function translates the protocol NAME into its corresponding number in a scalar context, and its number and associated information in a list context:($name, $aliases, $protocol_number)


Following is the simple syntax for this function −

getprotobyname NAME

Return Value

This function returns undef on error otherwise protocol number in scalar context and empty list on error protocol record (name, aliases, protocol number) in list context.


Following is the example code showing its basic usage −


($name, $aliases, $protocol_number) = getprotobyname("tcp");

print "Name = $name\n";
print "Aliases = $aliases\n";
print "Protocol Number = $protocol_number\n";

When above code is executed, it produces the following result −

Name = tcp
Aliases = TCP
Protocol Number = 6