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networking The Berkeley Unix mechansim for creating a
virtual connection between processes. Sockets interface
Unix's standard I/O with its network communication
facilities. They can be of two types, stream (bi-directional)
or datagram (fixed length destination-addressed messages).
The socket library function socket() creates a communications
end-point or socket and returns a file descriptor with which
to access that socket. The socket has associated with it a
socket address, consisting of a port number and the local
host's network address.