The services file is a local source of information regarding each service available through the Internet. The services file can be used in conjunction with or instead of other services sources, including the NIS maps ``services.byname'' and the NIS+ table ``services.`` Programs use the getservbyname.3n routines to access this information.
The services file contains an entry for each service. Each entry has the form:
service-name port/protocol aliases
Fields can be separated by any number of SPACE and/or TAB characters. A `#' (number sign) indicates the beginning of a comment; characters up to the end of the line are not interpreted by routines which search the file.
Service names may contain any printable character other than a field delimiter, NEWLINE, or comment character.
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Last modified 21/April/97