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Re: IP Address Sanity

by jdporter (Canon)
on Nov 07, 2002 at 23:34 UTC ( #211290=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to IP Address Sanity

The problem with your general approach is that IP addresses aren't really textual strings, they're 32-bit integers. The dotted-quad is just one convenient representation. But it's not the only one.

A proper solution to your stated need is to use the inet_aton and inet_ntoa functions provided by the Socket module, which is part of the standard library.

inet_aton translates any valid IP address -- regardless of notation format -- or domain name into a packed string containing the 32-bit integer. Such a string can be converted into a dotted-quad representation by the inet_ntoa function.

Example:

use Socket; # load inet_aton, inet_ntoa $_ = <>; # read user's input chomp; # convert to packed string. succeeds if valid address. my $ip = inet_aton( $_ ); # length will be 4 for IPv4 addresses. length($ip) or die "Sorry, '$_' is invalid.\n"; $ip = inet_ntoa($ip); # convert to dotted quad. print "$_ is valid; its IP address is $ip\n";

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