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libgnunetutil is the fundamental library that all GNUnet code builds upon. Ideally, this library should contain most of the platform dependent code (except for user interfaces and really special needs that only few applications have). It is also supposed to offer basic services that most if not all GNUnet binaries require. The code of libgnunetutil is in the src/util/ directory. The public interface to the library is in the gnunet_util.h header. The functions provided by libgnunetutil fall roughly into the following categories (in roughly the order of importance for new developers):

  • logging (common_logging.c)
  • memory allocation (common_allocation.c)
  • endianess conversion (common_endian.c)
  • internationalization (common_gettext.c)
  • String manipulation (string.c)
  • file access (disk.c)
  • buffered disk IO (bio.c)
  • time manipulation (time.c)
  • configuration parsing (configuration.c)
  • command-line handling (getopt*.c)
  • cryptography (crypto_*.c)
  • data structures (container_*.c)
  • CPS-style scheduling (scheduler.c)
  • Program initialization (program.c)
  • Networking (network.c, client.c, server*.c, service.c)
  • message queueing (mq.c)
  • bandwidth calculations (bandwidth.c)
  • Other OS-related (os*.c, plugin.c, signal.c)
  • Pseudonym management (pseudonym.c)

It should be noted that only developers that fully understand this entire API will be able to write good GNUnet code.

Ideally, porting GNUnet should only require porting the gnunetutil library. More testcases for the gnunetutil APIs are therefore a great way to make porting of GNUnet easier.