Linux – How might I perform DNS lookups using C/C++ on Linux


How do I get similar functionality to the host command using a c api (or any other language for that matter)? I need more information than just an IP address given by gethostbyname(); specifically, the SMTP-related data.

Best Answer

If a blocking (synchronous) query is ok, just use res_query(), and link your program with -lresolv.

 len = res_query(host, C_IN, T_MX, &answer, sizeof(answer));