SERVICES(5)               NetBSD File Formats Manual               SERVICES(5)

NAME
     services -- service name data base

DESCRIPTION
     The services file contains information regarding the known services
     available in the DARPA Internet.  For each service a single line should
     be present with the following information:

           official service name
           port number
           protocol name
           aliases

     Items are separated by any number of blanks and/or tab characters.  The
     port number and protocol name are considered a single item; a slash
     (``/'') is used to separate the port and protocol (e.g.  ``512/tcp'').  A
     hash (``#'') indicates the beginning of a comment; subsequent characters
     up to the end of the line are not interpreted by the routines which
     search the file.

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

     The database in /var/db/services.db needs to be updated with
     services_mkdb(8) after changes to the services file have been applied.

FILES
     /etc/services  The services file resides in /etc.

SEE ALSO
     getservent(3) services_mkdb(8)

HISTORY
     The services file format appeared in 4.2BSD.

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

NetBSD 5.0.1                     June 19, 2007                    NetBSD 5.0.1

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