networks - network name data base
The networks file contains information regarding the known networks
which comprise the DARPA Internet. For each network a single line
should be present with the following information:
official network name
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 network 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 networks.
Network number may be specified in the conventional ``.'' notation
using the inet_network() routine from the Internet address manipulation
library, inet(3N). Network names may contain any printable character
other than a field delimiter, newline, or comment character.
A name server should be used instead of a static file. A binary
indexed file format should be available for fast access.
4th Berkeley Distribution 15 January 1983 NETWORKS(5)