APIs for Management and More

Barry Margolin barmar at alum.mit.edu
Thu Sep 28 17:04:58 UTC 2006

In article <efgsv8$1c9u$1 at sf1.isc.org>,
 Joseph S D Yao <jsdy at center.osis.gov> wrote:

> On Wed, Sep 27, 2006 at 11:01:43PM -0400, Barry Margolin wrote:
> ...
> > BTW, the person who answered with references to rndc, dig, nsupdate, 
> > etc. apparently doesn't know what "API" means.
> ...
> What, retval = system("...", ...); isn't an API?  ;-)  [It is if there's
> nothing else easily usable and documented.] 

In fact, I mentioned the possibility of using system() in my first reply 
to the OP.

But no, I don't consider that an API, unless your needs are very simple.  
E.g. error handling can be difficult.

Barry Margolin, barmar at alum.mit.edu
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