Behind the scenes at the library

You've seen that your code is responsible for providing the main message receiving loop:

while (1) {
    // wait here for a message
    if ((ctp = dispatch_block (ctp)) == NULL) {
        perror ("Unable to dispatch_block");
        exit (EXIT_FAILURE);
    // handle the message
    dispatch_handler (ctp);

This is very convenient, for it lets you place breakpoints on the receiving function and to intercept messages (perhaps with a debugger) during operation.

The library implements the "magic" inside of the dispatch_handler() function, because that's where the message is analyzed and disposed of through the connect and I/O functions tables we mentioned earlier.

In reality, the library consists of two cooperating layers: a base layer that provides "raw" resource manager functionality, and a POSIX layer that provides POSIX helper and default functions. We'll briefly define the two layers, and then in "Resource manager structure," below, we'll pick up the details.