Is ORBit documented?



Hi, all.  My big project at the moment is the Dents name server, which
Johannes Erdfelt and Greg Rumple writing and which they allow me to
play with.  (http://www.dents.org for more details.)  It's GPL'd, and
we all hope and plan for it will be successful.

Anyway, one of the neat features is a control facility which allows an
admin to talk to a running server, add zones on the fly, etc.  Right now
this is done via a line-oriented, hand-made protocol.  I want to do a
simple CORBA implementation of a few functions in order to demonstrate
how easy it is and hopefully persuade the other guys to adopt CORBA for
the control facility.

I've written the .idl for the function I want to start out with: it
just lists all of the zones for which the server is authoritative.
I can generate all of the C code just fine from the .idl, and I can
code the client and server functions just find.  The problem which I am
running into is that I don't understand how to use ORBit, and I can't
find any docs.  I need to know how to take the already-extant select
loop in my server and connect that to my server function(s).

The lack of docs is a little frustrating.  We were looking at using glib
for a lot of stuff, too, but we gave up on it for the same reason: after
Johannes noticed that it was up to the caller of several glib functions
to free memory, and that this requirement was not documented, he vetoed
its use, rightfully so I think.

I really want to use ORBit.  Whichever ORB we use, I would like to work
with the authors to add support for the security service; I have been
reading up on it and I think I understand how to implement most of the
requisite functionality using kerberos, which I understand fairly well.
I would really like for GNOME apps to benefit from this work as well.

If someone wants to answer a few questions of mine, then I would be
happy to write up what I learn and submit it for inclusion among the
ORBit docs.  If there is just no time for this now, then please let
me know so that I can dig further among ORBit-using apps for examples,
or start shopping around for other ORBs.

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