PHONES(5) BSD Reference Manual PHONES(5)
phones - remote host phone number file
phones files are used by tip(1) to find phone numbers not included in the remote(5) database(s) being used. The default file is /etc/phones, which is used unless the PHONES environ- ment variable has been set. /etc/phones is world readable by default, and should not contain privileged information. The format of the file is a series of lines of the form: <system name>[ \t]*<phone number> The system name must start at the first character on the line. The phone number is any sequence of characters terminated by a ',' or the end of the line. Thus the phone number field can contain arbitrary dialing strings, not just phone numbers. Certain auto-call units or modems can use ',' in their dialing strings. For these units (currently Hayes, Courier and Telebit) tip(1) will translate a '=' in the phone number to a ',' when actually dialing the number. If the auto-call unit is a Racal-Vadic 831, tip(1) will translate a '_' in the phone number to a '='. tip(1) ignores all lines with a system name other than the one being looked up. Comments can be inserted into the file by making the first character on a line something not used to start any system name in the remote(5) database(s) being used, such as '#'. Only one phone number per line is permitted. To associate more than one phone number with a system name you must create multiple lines that have the same system name. tip(1) will try each number in sequence until it makes a connection or reaches the end of the file.
/etc/phones The default phones file for tip(1).
The phones file appeared in 4.2BSD. MirOS BSD #10-current June 5, 1993 1
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