BSD 2.11 - man page for gettable (bsd section 8)
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gettable - get NIC format host tables from a host
/usr/sbin/gettable [ -v ] host [ outfile ]
Gettable is a simple program used to obtain the NIC standard host tables from a ``nic-
name'' server. The indicated host is queried for the tables. The tables, if retrieved,
are placed in the file outfile or by default, hosts.txt.
The -v option will get just the version number instead of the complete host table and put
the output in the file outfile or by default, hosts.ver.
Gettable operates by opening a TCP connection to the port indicated in the service speci-
fication for ``nicname''. A request is then made for ``ALL'' names and the resultant
information is placed in the output file.
Gettable is best used in conjunction with the htable(8) program which converts the NIC
standard file format to that used by the network library lookup routines.
intro(3N), htable(8), named(8)
If the name-domain system provided network name mapping well as host name mapping, get-
table would no longer be needed.
4.2 Berkeley Distribution November 17, 1996 GETTABLE(8)
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