[TUHS] looking for HOSTS.TXT parsers and how is /dev/net/HOSTNAME enabled?

Clem Cole clemc at ccc.com
Sat Apr 20 04:54:22 AEST 2019

Just saw Ron reply, I remember when that happened - (it could have been you
guys) but after we sold our first Masscomp machine to DoD.  We then added a
note in the administrator's guide we saying use MC68000 and that was the

As Ron said, getting the latest from the NIC was standard, gettable(8) was
often the way you did it.   We have a script on the Masscomp systems called
getmasterhost IIRC that was a little more programmable because so many
customers were not yet on the Internet, most were not yet running BIND or
the equivalent and kept a static master table some where (and we must have
taught them how to so that in the System Managers' guide).

On Fri, Apr 19, 2019 at 2:43 PM Clem Cole <clemc at ccc.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Apr 18, 2019 at 10:33 PM <reed at reedmedia.net> wrote:
>> This email is two parts. I am researching 1970's symbolic name to
>> network address mapping routines.
>> 1) I am looking for parsers for ancient (pre mid 1982) HOSTS.TXT. Since
>> this is Unix list, for Unix is fine :)
> Got to Warren's archives for BSD 4.2 and look for the htable(8) and
> gettable(8).  I believe the parsing routines will be in htable(8).
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