CS(8)                                                       CS(8)

          cs, csquery - connection server

          ndb/cs [ -f database ] [ -v ] [ -x net ]

          ndb/csquery [ -x net ] [ -s server ] [ address ... ]

          Cs spawns a process that serves a single file /net/cs, in
          the current name space, answering requests by client pro-
          cesses to translate symbolic network and service names into
          instructions for connecting to the given service.  It is
          normally accessed indirectly by calls to sys-dial(2).

          The network data is taken from the network database files,
          described in ndb(6). By default, it is /lib/ndb/local but
          the -f option can specify a different one.

          Each write to /net/cs makes a query, expressed in one of two
          forms.  The first form is a network address of the same form
          as the addr parameter to dial: network!netaddr!service where
          service and network are optional for some networks.  The
          write returns an error if the address cannot be translated.
          Otherwise, the file offset should be reset to 0 using sys-
          seek(2) and each subsequent read will return either end-of-
          file (if there are no further translations), or a single
          line containing a translation of the form:

               /net/proto/clone address!port

          The first field is the name of the clone file for a network
          protocol or interface.  To make a connection or announce a
          service, open that file, and write the text in the second
          field preceded by connect or announce as required.  (All
          this activity is normally encapsulated in a call to sys-
          dial(2)). Cs produces a translation for each network and for
          each network address on which a symbolic netaddr is found.
          When announcing a service, netaddr can be * to represent any
          local interface, and the resulting recipes read from /net/cs
          will not include an address!  part.

          Cs interprets a netaddr of the form $server specially: it
          looks for an attribute server in the database in the entry
          for the current host, then in the entry for each network
          that contains it (if specified), and finally in a site-wide
          entry labelled with the attribute infernosite.  If found,
          the value of the attribute replaces the netaddr before fur-
          ther translation.

     CS(8)                                                       CS(8)

          In the second form of query, the text written contains
          space-separated attribute/value pairs following an initial

               ! attr1=val1 [ attr2=val2  ...  ]

          Cs looks for an ndb(6) entry that contains attribute/value
          pairs matching those in the query.  Any value but val1 may
          be `*', to signify that the entry must contain the given
          attribute but with any value.  As before, the write returns
          an error if no entry matches.  Otherwise, each subsequent
          read returns the whole of the next matching entry, in ndb(6)

          The file /net/cs persists until it is removed or unmounted
          from /net, or the cs process is killed (see kill(1)). The -v
          option causes cs to print each translation request and
          results (if any) on standard error.  The -x option gives an
          alternative mount point for cs, when there is more than one
          network stack (see ip(3)). It causes it cs to serve net/cs
          instead of /net/cs.

          Cs is normally started  once, after dns(8) if used, but
          before most other applications including the various listen-
          ers described in svc(8). If another instance of cs(8) is
          started on the same mount point, the file it serves replaces
          the earlier one if permissions allow.  (On Plan 9, Plan 9's
          native connection service will be used by default if
          Inferno's cs is not started.)

          Csquery queries the given server (default: /net/cs) for a
          translation of each address and prints the results, one per
          line.  If no address is given, csquery prompts for
          address(es) to translate which it reads from the standard
          input, printing the results of each translation on the stan-
          dard output.  The -x option gives an alternative mount point
          for cs, when there is more than one network stack (see

          Cs uses ndb(6) to map protocol and service names to Internet
          port numbers.  When running hosted, if entries are not in
          ndb(6), cs applies the built-in srv(2), if available, to
          have the host system try the translation.  Consequently,
          entries in ndb(6) take precedence over the host's system-
          wide configuration.  (This is helpful for adding symbolic
          names for Inferno services without requiring administrative
          privileges on the host system.)

          Check the translation of the symbolic name $signer:


     CS(8)                                                       CS(8)

               > net!$signer!inflogin

          #scs*             service directory
          /net/cs           connection service
          /net/dns          domain name service
          /lib/ndb/local    map from symbolic service names to servers


          sys-dial(2), ndb(6), dns(8)