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hosts(5)							      hosts(5)

Name
       hosts - host name file

Description
       The  file  is  an  ASCII file that contains information about the known
       hosts on the DARPA Internet.  For each host a  single  line  should  be
       present with the following information:

       Internet address
       Official host name
       Aliases

       Each  name  is  separated from the next by a new line.  Items are sepa‐
       rated by any number of blanks or tab characters.	  A  number  sign  (#)
       indicates  the  beginning of a comment; characters up to the end of the
       line are not interpreted by routines that 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 or unknown
       hosts.

       Host addresses are specified in the conventional dot (.) notation using
       the  inet_addr  routine from the Internet address manipulation library,
       Host names can contain any  printable  character	 other	than  a	 field
       delimiter, newline, or comment character.

       The  database may be distributed in a network by a naming service, such
       as Yellow Pages or BIND/Hesiod.	See the Guide to the Yellow Pages Ser‐
       vice or the Guide to the BIND/Hesiod Service for setup information.

Files
See Also
       gethostent(3n)
       Guide to the BIND/Hesiod Service
       Guide to the Yellow Pages Service

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