ham_entity_handle(), ham_entity_handle_node()

Get a handle to an entity


#include <ha/ham.h>

ham_entity_t *ham_entity_handle( int nd,
                                 const char *ename, 
                                 unsigned flags );

ham_entity_t *ham_entity_handle_node( const char *nodename, 
                                      const char *ename, 
                                      unsigned flags );




The ham_entity_handle() function returns a handle to an entity (ename). The handle can then be passed to other functions that expect a handle to an entity (such as ham_condition() or ham_entity_handle_free()).

Note: To get a handle for a global entity, pass NULL for ename.

The handle returned is opaque — its contents are internal to the library.

If a node (nd) is specified, the handle is to an entity/condition/action combination that refers to a process on that remote node. The ham_entity_handle_node() function is used when a nodename is used to specify a remote HAM instead of a node identifier (nd).

There are no flags defined at this time.


A valid ham_entity_t or NULL if an error occurred (errno is set).


The name given in ename is invalid (e.g. it contains the / character).
The name given (in ename) is too long, i.e. it exceeds _POSIX_PATH_MAX (defined in <limits.h>). Note that the combined length of an entity/condition/action name is also limited by _POSIX_PATH_MAX.
There's no entity by this name defined in the current context of the HAM.
Not enough memory to create a new handle.


QNX Neutrino

Cancellation point No
Interrupt handler No
Signal handler No
Thread Yes


A call to ham_entity_handle() and a subsequent use of the handle returned in a call such as ham_condition() are completely asynchronous. Therefore, a valid action/condition/entity may no longer exist when the handle is used at a later time.

In such an event, the ham_condition*() functions will return an error (ENOENT) that the action in the condition doesn't exist in the given entity.

See also:

ham_action_handle(), ham_action_handle_free(), ham_condition(), ham_condition_handle(), ham_condition_handle_free(), ham_condition_remove(), ham_entity_handle_free()