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NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

     ethers - Ethernet host name database

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

     The ethers file  maps  Ethernet  addresses  to  host  names.
Lines consist of
     an  address  and  a  host  name,  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

     Ethernet addresses are expressed as six hexadecimal  numbers
separated by
     colons.   The  functions described in ethers(3) can read and
produce this

     The ethers file has support for YP functionality,  which  is
enabled by
     specifying a `+' alone on a line.

FILES    [Toc]    [Back]


SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]

     ethers(3), diskless(8)

HISTORY    [Toc]    [Back]

     The  ethers  file format was adopted from SunOS and appeared
in NetBSD

BUGS    [Toc]    [Back]

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

     Lines in /etc/ethers are limited to BUFSIZ characters  (currently 1024).
     Longer lines will be ignored.

OpenBSD      3.6                        December     16,     1993
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