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rpcgen [options] file

Parse file, which should be written in the RPC (Remote Procedural Call) language, and produce a program written in C that implements the RPC code. Place header code generated from file.x in file.h, XDR routines in file_xdr.c, server code in file_svc.c, and client code in file_clnt.c. Lines preceded by % are not parsed. By default, rpcgen produces Sun OS 4.1-compatible code.


Produce all files (client and server).


Produce SunOS 4.1-compatible code. This is the default.


Produce SVR4-compatible code.


Create XDR routines. Cannot be used with other options.


Produce ANSI C code (the default).


Produce K&R C code.


Define the symbol name, and set it equal to value or 1.


Produce a header file. With -T, make the file support RPC dispatch tables. Cannot be used with other options.


Produce an inetd-compatible server.

-K secs

Specify amount of time that the server should wait after replying to a request and before exiting. Default is 120. Setting secs to -1 prevents the program from ever exiting.


Produce client code. Cannot be used with other options.


Produce server code only, suppressing creation of a "main" routine. Cannot be used with other options.


New style. Allow multiple arguments for procedures. Not necessarily backward-compatible.

-o [file]

Print output to file or standard output.


Print sample client code to standard output.


Create skeleton server code only.


Create RPC dispatch table. Cannot be used with other options.


Include support for RPC dispatch tables.

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