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How can I listen on more than one port at a time?


The best way to do this is with the select() call. This tells the kernel to let you know when a socket is available for use. You can have one process do i/o with multiple sockets with this call. If you want to wait for a connect on sockets 4, 6 and 10 you might execute the following code snippet:

fd_set socklist;

FD_ZERO(&socklist); /* Always clear the structure first. */
FD_SET(4, &socklist);
FD_SET(6, &socklist);
FD_SET(10, &socklist);
if (select(11, NULL, &socklist, NULL, NULL) < 0)

The kernel will notify us as soon as a file descriptor which is less than 11 (the first parameter to select()), and is a member of our socklist becomes available for writing. See the man page on select() for more details.

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