Programming with RPC allows the programmer to write distributed applications whereby a process residing on one workstation can request another "remote" workstation to execute a specified procedure. Because of their complexity, most RPC-based programs make use of a protocol compiler such as Sun Microsystems's rpcgen . A protocol compiler provides the basic programming framework for the RPC-based application. In RPC applications the client and server processes do not need to know the details of underlying network protocols. Data passed between the processes is converted to/from an external data representation (XDR) format by predefined filters. Beneath the covers, RPC-based programs make use of the socket interface to carry out their communications. While not discussed in this chapter, RPC does support authentication techniques to facilitate secure client server communications.
Programs and Processes
Remote Procedure Calls
Appendix A. Using Linux Manual Pages
Appendix B. UNIX Error Messages
Appendix C. RPC Syntax Diagrams
Appendix D. Profiling Programs