Libnet 0.10.11

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Version: 0.10.11
Size: 266 KB
Publisher: Libnet
Date Added:
License [?]: Open Source
Operating System: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows NT, Windows ME, Windows 98, Windows 95, Windows 2003, Windows 2000, Windows 7, Unix
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Publisher's Description of Libnet

" A generic networking API that provides access to several protocols. "
- From Libnet

Libnet is a cross-platform library aimed at game developers. It has an abstract high level API, which encourages developers to make their games portable across platforms and network types.

What is Libnet?
Libnet is a generic networking API that provides access to several protocols. It is not designed as a 'all in one' solution to networking. Currently many features that are common in some network protocols are not available with Libnet, such as streaming via TCP/IP. We feel that Libnet should not provide specific features that are possible in other protocols. If we restrict Libnet to the minimal needed to communicate (datagram/packets) then this allows it to support more interfaces.

What does it support?
Libnet supports the following platforms and compilers:

* Unix (gcc) -- tested with Linux, FreeBSD and OSF/1
* DOS (djgpp)
* Windows (djgpp+RSXNTDJ, Mingw32, or MSVC)

Other platforms should be fairly easy to support, especially if GNU CC and GNU Make will run on them.

Libnet supports UDP/IP on Unix, Windows, and, provided the Winsock is not version .0 or greater, in a DOS box under Windows. It supports IPX in DOS, Windows, and Unix, and serial linking in DOS, Windows, Unix, and BeOS. On all platforms there is a `localhost' driver which is a sort of internal loopback device (not for communicating between processes though).

What protocols will it support?
Support for Winsock 2 in DOS is very awkward, and nobody seems very inclined to add plain DOS internet support. Porting the internet and IPX drivers to BeOS would be nice.

You can download Libnet in either .zip or .tar.gz format. The .zip archives are intended for use on DOS systems -- they're in DOS text format and include batch files for compilation on Windows compilers. The .tar.gz files are primarily for Unix systems -- in Unix text format, and without all the batch files. They may be OK for use on DOS/Windows compilers; it depends what sort of utilities you have available. The .zip archives should work fine on Unix systems, if you convert the files to Unix format.

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