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ETHERS(5)                        File formats                        ETHERS(5)

       ethers - Ethernet address to IP number database

       /etc/ethers contains 48 bit Ethernet addresses and their corresponding IP numbers, one line for each IP number:

              Ethernet-address  IP-number

       The two items are separated by any number of SPACE and/or TAB char acters.   A # at the  beginning  of  a  line
       starts a comment which extends to the end of the line.  The Ethernet-address is written as x:x:x:x:x:x, where x
       is a hexadecimal number between 0 and ff which represents one byte of the address, which  is  in  network  byte
       order (big-endian).  The IP-number may be a hostname which can be resolved by DNS or a dot separated number.

       08:00:20:00:61:CA  pal


                               April 26th, 1996                      ETHERS(5)