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HOSTS(5)                      File Formats Manual                     HOSTS(5)



NAME
       hosts - host name data base

DESCRIPTION
       The  hosts  file  contains information regarding the known hosts on the
       DARPA Internet.  For each host a single line should be present with the
       following information:

       official host name
       Internet address
       aliases

       Items  are  separated by any number of blanks and/or tab characters.  A
       ``#'' indicates the beginning of a comment; characters up to the end of
       the  line  are not interpreted by routines which search the file.  This
       file is normally created from the official host data base maintained at
       the  Network Information Control Center (NIC), though local changes may
       be required to bring it up to date regarding unofficial aliases  and/or
       unknown hosts.

       Network  addresses  are  specified  in  the conventional ``.'' notation
       using the inet_addr() routine from the  Internet  address  manipulation
       library,  inet(3N).   Host  names  may  contain any printable character
       other than a field delimiter, newline, or comment character.

FILES
       /etc/hosts

SEE ALSO
       gethostent(3N)

BUGS
       A name server should be used  instead  of  a  static  file.   A  binary
       indexed file format should be available for fast access.



                                15 January 1983                       HOSTS(5)