Network configuration data is stored in one or more files in the directory
in the attribute data base format defined by
Most applications that use it start with
That can refer (using a
entry) to other files that form part of the same logical database.
They are stored in distinct files to allow different configurations
to avoid duplicating data by sharing some common content.
associates service names with port numbers for Internet protocols,
provides the Inferno-specific port mapping.
A database is automatically reread if any component file has
changed since it was last read (based on its modification time).
A network database gives particular meaning to the following attributes:
- name or address of authentication server
- name of the file to send to a device on request when booting
- name or address of DNS resolver (see also the
- domain in which the local host lives (used to qualify unqualified names)
- Internet domain name (host or DNS zone)
- Ethernet address in the form accepted by
- name or address of file server
- IL service name
- empty-valued attribute that labels default site parameters
- Internet address
- name or address of Internet gateway
- Internet network mask
- network or subnetwork name
- IPv4 protocol number (see also
- mail exchanger
- name of a DNS name server for an associated
- port number for a service
- protocol name
- start of area (value is empty if locally authoritative, or
if another server is authoritative)
- system name (short local name for a host)
- TCP service name
- UDP service name
Internet addresses and masks can be written in any form
Network applications might use other attributes of their own,
which they document on their own pages.
interprets a host name of the form
as referring to the set of names and addresses that are values
of the attribute
in the network data base.
Attributes in general use include some of those above, and the following:
- older name for file server
- mail reading service using the POP3 protocol
- firewall proxy for
- Inferno authentication server running
- mail delivery gateway using the SMTP protocol
Other such symbolic server names are mentioned in the manual pages for associated applications.
values in any
values more generally.
When resolving a domain name,
looks first in this data base to see if there is a
entry for the name, and if so, whether there is either an associated
attribute giving a name server to ask, or an
attribute giving the name's IP address.
Failing that, it works up the name hierarchy looking for name servers to ask.
Failing that, it looks for a
attributes listing other resolvers to ask.
Bootstrap data is commonly stored in
by default it defines the root name servers:
dom= # root