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basic_socket::lowest_layer (1 of 2 overloads)

Get a reference to the lowest layer.

lowest_layer_type & lowest_layer();

This function returns a reference to the lowest layer in a stack of layers. Since a basic_socket cannot contain any further layers, it simply returns a reference to itself.

Return Value

A reference to the lowest layer in the stack of layers. Ownership is not transferred to the caller.