MicheleA MicheleA - 1 month ago 10
C Question

A bind with a port of zero will bind you to a free port. Is this portable?

I want my program to bind to a free port.

Google told me that a bind with port=0 will do that, but I haven't found if this is guaranteed to work on any system (Windows/Linux in particular).

Can someone link a doc that say that?

R.. R..
Answer

It's universal as far as I know, but I can't find any text in the standards that says it is. An alternative that might be more portable is using getaddrinfo with null service name pointers and the AI_PASSIVE flag. This is guaranteed to give you an sockaddr you can bind to. It's also the correct way to let the administrator choose which local ip (v4 or v6) address to bind to.

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