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NETWORKS(5)		    BSD File Formats Manual		   NETWORKS(5)

     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
	   network number

     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 numbers may be specified in the conventional ``.'' (dot) notation
     using the inet_network(3) routine from the Internet address manipulation
     library, inet(3).	Network names may contain any printable character
     other than a field delimiter, newline, or comment character.

     /etc/networks  The networks file resides in /etc.


     The networks file format appeared in 4.2BSD.

     A name server should be used instead of a static file.

BSD				 June 5, 1993				   BSD

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