The General/SystemConfiguration framework has several uses:
Checking if the user is currently connected to the internet (see General/CheckingOnlineStatus). Managing persistent and current network (and other) settings. Get proxy settings/the name of the computer/the name of the current console user (this will probably change in 10.3 with General/FastUserSwitching).
Apple has some sample code called General/MoreSCF for common operations such as creating and manipulating locations, services (“ports”), etc. It is available at http://developer.apple.com/samplecode/Sample_Code/Networking/General/MoreSCF.htm
Documentation is at http://developer.apple.com/documentation/Networking/Conceptual/General/SystemConfigFrameworks/index.html
Accessing the current proxy settings:
General/NSDictionary *proxies = (General/NSDictionary *)General/SCDynamicStoreCopyProxies(NULL);
BOOL General/HTTPEnabled = General/proxies objectForKey:([[NSString *)kSCPropNetProxiesHTTPEnable] boolValue]; General/NSString *General/HTTPHost = [proxies objectForKey:(General/NSString *)kSCPropNetProxiesHTTPProxy]; General/NSString *General/HTTPPort = [proxies objectForKey:(General/NSString *)kSCPropNetProxiesHTTPPort];
replace kSCPropNetProxiesHTTPProxy with kSCPropNetProxiesHTTPSProxy, kSCPropNetProxiesFTPProxy or whatever to get the other settings.
See General/NotificationOnNewNetwork for more info & notification handling in General/SystemConfiguration.
On Mac OS X 10.4.3, when I use:
#include <General/SystemConfiguration/General/SystemConfiguration.h> General/NSDictionary *proxies = (General/NSDictionary *)General/SCDynamicStoreCopyProxies(NULL);
proxies contains the expected proxy information. However, running the same code on 10.3.9 or 10.2.8, proxies = NULL. Apple’s General/TechNote on this ( http://developer.apple.com/qa/qa2001/qa1234.html ) says it’s compatible back to 10.2. Am I missing something?