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    Is there any library that abstracts Winsock and Posix socket implementation?

    So, I know that socket programming depends on OS system calls but from my knowledge about operating systems (as a colleague) I know that when you are dealing with sockets you actually need 4 system calls, read(), write(), bind() and listen(). So Is there any good library that does some abstraction for these system calls and based on the OS you are running the program it initialize these functions with the system calls of that OS?

    I found this but if I'm correct what it basically tells you is that you have to implement both windows sockets and Posix sockets and control which code you compile using pre-processor statements.

    I don't want to do that every time, so I'm wondering if there is a good library out there that is abstracting that for me. I searched a lot of times and I can't find any...
    Also I want it to be c compatible too not only c++.

    Thank you

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    Re: Is there any library that abstracts Winsock and Posix socket implementation?

    Quote Originally Posted by babaliaris View Post
    So, I know that socket programming depends on OS system calls but from my knowledge about operating systems (as a colleague) I know that when you are dealing with sockets you actually need 4 system calls, read(), write(), bind() and listen().
    It is only for server socket. And there is also accept()...
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    Re: Is there any library that abstracts Winsock and Posix socket implementation?

    I can also suggest the plibsys library: works on both Windows and UNIX systems (see the full list on the project page) with various compilers. Supports IPv4 and IPv6. It has the tests where you can see the usage examples. The library itself is lightweight and portable.

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