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NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

     phones - remote host phone number file

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

     phones files are used by tip(1) to find  phone  numbers  not
included in the
     remote(5) database(s) being used.

     The  default  file  is /etc/phones, which is used unless the
PHONES environment
 variable has been set.  /etc/phones is  world  readable
by default,
     and should not contain privileged information.

     The format of the file is a series of lines of the form:

           <system name>[ ]*<phone number>

     The  system  name  must  start at the first character on the
line.  The phone
     number is any sequence of characters terminated by a `,'  or
the end of
     the line.  Thus the phone number field can contain arbitrary
     strings, not just phone numbers.

     Certain auto-call units or modems can use `,' in their dialing strings.
     For  these  units  (currently  Hayes,  Courier  and Telebit)
tip(1) will translate
 a `=' in the phone number to a `,' when actually  dialing the number.

     If  the  auto-call  unit  is  a Racal-Vadic 831, tip(1) will
translate a `_'
     in the phone number to a `='.

     tip(1) ignores all lines with a system name other  than  the
one being
     looked up.  Comments can be inserted into the file by making
the first
     character on a line something not used to start  any  system
name in the
     remote(5) database(s) being used, such as `#'.

     Only  one  phone number per line is permitted.  To associate
more than one
     phone number with a system name  you  must  create  multiple
lines that have
     the  same  system  name.  tip(1) will try each number in sequence until it
     makes a connection or reaches the end of the file.

FILES    [Toc]    [Back]

     /etc/phones  The default phones file for tip(1).

SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]

     tip(1), remote(5)

HISTORY    [Toc]    [Back]

     The phones file appeared in 4.2BSD.

OpenBSD      3.6                           June      5,      1993
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