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inet_type(4)				   File Formats 			     inet_type(4)

       inet_type - default Internet protocol type


       The  inet_type  file  defines  the default IP protocol to use. Currently this file is only
       used by the ifconfig(1M) and netstat(1M) commands.

       The inet_type file can contain a number of <variable>=<value> lines. Currently,	the  only
       variable defined is DEFAULT_IP, which can be assigned a value of IP_VERSION4, IP_VERSION6,
       or BOTH.

       The output displayed by the ifconfig and netstat commands can be controlled by  the  value
       of  DEFAULT_IP  set in inet_type file. By default, both commands display the IPv4 and IPv6
       information available on the system. The user can  choose  to  suppress	display  of  IPv6
       information  by	setting the value of DEFAULT_IP.  The following shows the possible values
       for DEFAULT_IP and the resulting ifconfig and netstat output that will be displayed:

       IP_VERSION4    Displays only IPv4 related information. The output  displayed  is  backward
		      compatible  with	older  versions  of the ifconfig(1M) and netstat(1M) com-

       IP_VERSION6    Displays both IPv4 and IPv6 related information for ifconfig and netstat.

       BOTH	      Displays both IPv4 and IPv6 related information for ifconfig and netstat.

       The command-line options to the ifconfig and  netstat  commands	override  the  effect  of
       DEFAULT_IP  as  set in the inet_type file. For example, even if the value of DEFAULT_IP is
       IP_VERSION4, the command

	 example% ifconfig -a6

       will display all IPv6 interfaces.

       Example 1 Suppressing IPv6 Related Output

       This is what the inet_type file must contain if you want to suppress IPv6 related output:


       ifconfig(1M), netstat(1M)

SunOS 5.11				   16 Jun 1999				     inet_type(4)
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