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From: henry.r.bent at (Henry Bent)
Subject: [COFF] [TUHS]  Pondering the hosts file
Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2021 13:18:20 -0500	[thread overview]
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While this is true wrt the history of FreeBSD/Unix, I'm almost positive
> that BSD didn't invent it. I'm pretty sure it was picked up from the
> existing host file that was published by before DNS.
> Warner

The CSRG history doesn't seem to have saved the full SCCS history of the
hosts manpage, but it must have appeared sometime around the addition of
ARP support to 4.1BSD - it's not in the 4.1C sources without ARP, but it is
in the sources with it.  That version does indeed mention its origins:

HOSTS(5)                      File Formats Manual

       hosts - host name data base

       The  hosts  file  contains information regarding the known hosts on
       DARPA Internet.  For each host a single line should be present with
       following information:

       official host name
       Internet address

       Items  are  separated by any number of blanks and/or tab characters.
       ``#'' indicates the beginning of a comment; characters up to the end
       the  line  are not interpreted by routines which search the file.
       file is normally created from the official host data base maintained
       the  Network Information Control Center (NIC), though local changes
       be required to bring it up to date regarding unofficial aliases
       unknown hosts.

       Network  addresses are specified in the conventional ``.'' notation
       ing the inet_addr() routine from the Internet address manipulation
       brary,  inet(3).   Host names may contain any printable character
       than a field delimiter, newline, or comment character.



       A name server should be used instead of a static file.   A  binary
       dexed file format should be available for fast access.

                                15 January 1983

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Thread overview: 15+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-03-11 17:13 [COFF] " gtaylor
2021-03-11 17:29 ` steffen
2021-03-11 21:03   ` gtaylor
2021-03-11 21:21     ` bakul
2021-03-11 21:29     ` steffen
2021-03-11 17:40 ` [COFF] [TUHS] " bakul
2021-03-11 18:08   ` imp
2021-03-11 18:12     ` clemc
2021-03-11 18:21       ` jaapna
2021-03-11 18:21       ` beebe
2021-03-11 18:27       ` henry.r.bent
2021-03-11 18:18     ` henry.r.bent [this message]
2021-03-11 18:02 ` [COFF] " clemc
2021-03-11 21:08   ` gtaylor
2021-03-11 18:30 [COFF] [TUHS] " bakul

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