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From: Henry Bent <>
To: Will Senn <>
Cc: The Eunuchs Hysterical Society <>
Subject: Re: [TUHS] 4.3 BSD network name resolution
Date: Sat, 29 Jan 2022 16:56:28 -0500	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

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On Sat, 29 Jan 2022 at 16:49, Will Senn <> wrote:

> I'm working through 4.3BSD setup and configuration and came across this:
> "There is no equivalent service for network names yet. The full host and
> network name databases are normally derived from a file retrieved from
> Internet Network Information Center at SRI... use gettable to retrieve the
> NIC host database and htable to convert it to the format used by the
> libraries."
> Does this mean I should expect functionality like resolv.conf and ping
> not to work in 4.3, or by some miracle is gettable still a
> functional system?

gettable uses flat files to map names to numbers.  It hasn't existed in
probably 30+ years, and I can't even imagine how large the files it creates
would be for the modern internet.

Amusingly, for some strange reason it still exists in Solaris 11.2:


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  reply	other threads:[~2022-01-29 21:56 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 10+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2022-01-29 21:48 Will Senn
2022-01-29 21:56 ` Henry Bent [this message]
2022-01-29 22:08   ` Henry Bent
2022-01-29 23:02     ` Theodore Y. Ts'o
2022-01-29 22:13 ` Warner Losh
2022-01-29 22:25   ` George Michaelson
2022-01-29 22:35     ` Erik E. Fair
2022-01-29 22:59 ` Clem Cole
2022-01-29 23:24   ` Phil Budne
2022-01-30  0:09 ` Jeremy C. Reed

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