Manual Reference Pages - REMOTE (5)
- remote host description file
The systems known by
and their attributes are stored in an
is structured somewhat like the
Each line in the file provides a description for a single
Fields are separated by a colon (:).
Lines ending in a \ character with an immediately following newline are
continued on the next line.
The first entry is the name(s) of the host system.
If there is more
than one name for a system, the names are separated by vertical bars.
After the name of the system comes the fields of the description.
A field name followed by an = sign indicates a string value.
A field name followed by a # sign indicates a numeric value.
Entries named tip* and cu* are used as default entries by
is invoked with only a phone number, it looks for an entry
of the form tip300, where 300 is the data rate with
which the connection is to be made.
interface is used, entries of the form cu300 are used.
Capabilities are either strings (str), numbers (num), or boolean
A string capability is specified by
capability = value;
for example, dv=/dev/harris.
A numeric capability is specified by
capability # value;
for example, xa#99.
A boolean capability is specified by simply listing the capability.
Auto call unit type.
The data rate (bits per second) used for communications on the
When a modem is used, the data rate used to communicate
with the remote modem may be different than this rate.
This is a decimal number.
The default rate is 9600 bits per second.
An initial connection message to be sent to the remote host.
For example, if a host is reached through a port selector, this
might be set to the appropriate sequence required to switch to the host.
Call unit if making a phone call.
Default is the same as the dv field.
Disconnect message sent to the host when a disconnect is requested by
This host is on a dial-up line.
device(s) to open to establish a connection.
If this file refers to a terminal line,
attempts to perform an exclusive open on the device to ensure only
one user at a time has access to the port.
Characters marking an end-of-line.
The default is
~ escapes are only
after one of the characters in el, or after a carriage-return.
Frame size for transfers.
The default frame size is equal to
The host uses half-duplex communication, local echo should be performed.
Input end-of-file marks.
The default is
Output end-of-file string.
The default is
is transferring a file, this
string is sent at end-of-file.
The type of parity to use when sending data
to the host.
This may be one of even,
odd, none, zero (always set bit 8 to zero),
one (always set bit 8 to 1).
The default is even parity.
Telephone number(s) for this host.
If the telephone number field contains an @ sign,
searches the file
file for a list of telephone numbers (see
Indicates that the list of capabilities is continued in the named
This is used primarily to share common capability information.
host description file resides in
Here is a short example showing the use of the capability continuation
It defines a 56k modem connection on the first serial port at 115200
bits per second, no parity using the Hayes command set with standard
line editing and end of file characters.
The arpavax entry includes everything in the UNIX-57600 entry plus
the phone number for arpavax (in this case an @ character so that it
is retrieved from the environment).
file format appeared in
BSD 4.2 .
utility uses its own notion of the serial ports data rate rather than the
system default for a serial port.
Visit the GSP FreeBSD Man Page Interface.
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