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ethers(4)			 File Formats			     ethers(4)

NAME
       ethers -	Ethernet address to hostname database or domain

DESCRIPTION
       The  ethers  file  is  a	local source of	information about the (48 bit)
       Ethernet	addresses of hosts on the Internet. The	 ethers	 file  can  be
       used  in	conjunction with or instead of other ethers sources, including
       the NIS maps  ethers.byname  and	  ethers.byaddr	 and  the  NIS+	 table
       ethers. Programs	use the	ethers(3SOCKET)	routines to access this	infor-
       mation.

       The  ethers file	has one	line for each host on an  Ethernet.  The  line
       has the following format:

	      Ethernet-address official-host-name

       Items are separated by any number of SPACE and/or TAB characters. A `#'
       indicates the beginning of a comment extending to the end of line.

       The standard form for Ethernet addresses	is "x:x:x:x:x:x" where x is  a
       hexadecimal number between 0 and	ff, representing one byte. The address
       bytes are always	in network order. Host names may contain any printable
       character other than SPACE, TAB,	NEWLINE, or comment character.

FILES
       /etc/ethers

SEE ALSO
       ethers(3SOCKET),	hosts(4), nsswitch.conf(4)

SunOS 5.9			  10 Dec 1991			     ethers(4)

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