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Manual Reference Pages  -  PROTOCOLS (5)

NAME

protocols - protocol name data base

CONTENTS

Description
Files
See Also
History
Bugs

DESCRIPTION

The protocols file contains information regarding the known protocols used in the DARPA Internet. For each protocol a single line should be present with the following information:
official protocol name
protocol number
aliases

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.

Protocol names may contain any printable character other than a field delimiter, newline, or comment character.

FILES

/etc/protocols
  The protocols file resides in /etc.

SEE ALSO

getprotoent(3)

HISTORY

The protocols file format appeared in BSD 4.2 .

BUGS

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