md_src_plugins_network_README(3) README


While, in theory, a regular expression can express if a string is a network address, in practice, such an attempt does not work well. The reason is that an unmanageable number of valid shortenings for IPv6 addresses makes the regular expression hard to write and understand.

So the idea of building such a complicated regular expression was discarded, but instead a dedicated checker was introduced. The idea is to use the operating system facilities to resolve the network address. If this succeeds, it is guaranteed that this network address will be valid when it is resolved by the same interface afterwards.

Many network address translators coexist. In POSIX.1-2001 a powerful address translator is provided with the interface getaddrinfo(). It is a common network address translation for both IPv4 and IPv6. We used it to implement this plugin.