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OpenDarwin 7.2.1 - man page for netgroup (opendarwin section 5)

NETGROUP(5)			     BSD File Formats Manual			      NETGROUP(5)

NAME
     netgroup -- defines network groups

SYNOPSIS
     netgroup

DESCRIPTION
     The netgroup file specifies ``netgroups'', which are sets of (host, user, domain) tuples
     that are to be given similar network access.

     Each line in the file consists of a netgroup name followed by a list of the members of the
     netgroup.	Each member can be either the name of another netgroup or a specification of a
     tuple as follows:

	   (host, user, domain)
     where the host, user, and domain are character string names for the corresponding component.
     Any of the comma separated fields may be empty to specify a ``wildcard'' value or may con-
     sist of the string ``-'' to specify ``no valid value''.  The members of the list may be sep-
     arated by whitespace and/or commas; the ``\'' character may be used at the end of a line to
     specify line continuation.  The functions specified in getnetgrent(3) should normally be
     used to access the netgroup database.

     Lines that begin with a # are treated as comments.

FILES
     /etc/netgroup  the netgroup database.

SEE ALSO
     getnetgrent(3), exports(5)

COMPATIBILITY
     The file format is compatible with that of various vendors, however it appears that not all
     vendors use an identical format.

BUGS
     The interpretation of access restrictions based on the member tuples of a netgroup is left
     up to the various network applications.  Also, it is not obvious how the domain specifica-
     tion applies to the BSD environment.

BSD					December 11, 1993				      BSD


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