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nns - Name service facility, Commandline Client Application

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nns bind ?-host host? ?-port port? name data
nns search ?-host host? ?-port port? ?-continuous? ?pattern?
nns ident ?-host host? ?-port port?
nns who


Please read Name service facility, introduction first.

The application described by this document, nns, is a simple command line client for the nano name service facility provided by the Tcllib packages nameserv, and nameserv::server. Beyond that the application's sources also serve as an example of how to use the client package nameserv. All abilities of a client are covered, from configuration to registration of names to searching.

This name service facility has nothing to do with the Internet's Domain Name System, otherwise known as DNS. If the reader is looking for a package dealing with that please see either of the packages dns and resolv, both found in Tcllib too.


nns was written with the following two main use cases in mind.

  1. Registration of a name/data pair in the name service.

  2. Searching the name service for entries matching a glob pattern.

Beyond the above we also want to be able to identify the client, and get information about the name service.



This section describes all the options available to the user of the application

Bugs, Ideas, Feedback

This document, and the package it describes, will undoubtedly contain bugs and other problems. Please report such in the category nameserv of the Tcllib Trackers. Please also report any ideas for enhancements you may have for either package and/or documentation.

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nameserv(n), nameserv::common(n)


application, client, name service




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