ipcperl opts file prog


The ipcperl program forks the requested number of children, each listening for IPC client connections. Before handling any requests, each child parses and runs the perl code in file. The file should end with a true expression, like a module.

To handle a request, a child process executes prog as a perl subroutine with one or more arguments, with file descripto 0 reading from the network and file descripto 1 writing to the network. Before handling the request, the child sets certain environment variables, a la ipcserver.

Each invocation of prog handles a single request. It is called within a loop, with one iteration per request, and therefore must release any resources allocated to handle a particular request.

If prog exits while handling a request, ipcperl will start a new child process.


Edit the following files in src/ as necessary for your installation. Unless you use modules that require xs support or a nonstandard version of perl, the defaults should suffice.


If your server uses a module like you may need to add the requisite xs code.


Determine options required to load ipcperl. By default, these are calculated automatically. Using xs code in src/ipcperl.c may require manual option setting in src/conf-ldperl.


Determine options required to compile ipcperl. By default, these are calculated automatically.


How to invoke perl to calculate options automatically in conf-ccperl and conf-ldperl.



Iterative lookups succeed but random lookups fail. Each ipchandle server uses the original cdb library for access control. The CDB_File-0.92 package redefines cdb_findnext without declaring it static. The linker may select the wrong definition. Solution: Add static to the declaration of cdb_findnext in CDB_File.xs.


William Baxter <>