Transfer socket connection between programs

JamesHoward James.w.Howard at
Mon Nov 12 21:02:23 CET 2007

On Nov 12, 12:50 pm, Grant Edwards <gra... at> wrote:
> On 2007-11-12, JamesHoward <James.w.How... at> wrote:
> > Does anyone know any method to have one program, acting as a
> > server transfer a socket connection to another program?
> The only way I know of is to use fork.  When you fork a
> process, all open file-descriptors (including network
> connections) are inherited by the child.
> > I looked into transferring the connection via xml rpc to no
> > avail.
> I've no idea how that could work (even in theory) on any OS
> with which I'm familiar.
> > It seems to be a problem of getting access to a programs
> > private memory space and giving another program access to that
> > space.
> Private memory has nothing to do with it.  The connection is a
> data structure that lives in kernel space, not in user space.
> Even if you could grant another process access to your "private
> memory space", it wouldn't help you "transfer a socket
> connection", since that connection is something the OSes
> manages.
> --
> Grant Edwards                   grante             Yow! !  Everybody out of
>                                   at               the GENETIC POOL!

Thanks Grant,

Does this mean that there is some way to transfer a pointer to that
kernel memory space from one program to another and have it be valid,
or is that kernel memory space protected and unusable from other

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