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SubjectRe: Possible /etc/hosts parsing bug?

On Sun, 17 Nov 1996, Mike wrote:

> In an effort to line everything up and make it look pretty I modified the
> previous lines to the following:
>
> 172.016.002.001 Atomic.shocking.com
> 172.016.002.002 Nuclear.shocking.com
> 172.016.002.003 Fusion.shocking.com
>
> Numerically, these have the same values, but when I tried to ping fusion,
> the IP that it was using was 172.14.2.3. When the extra '0's were deleted
> ping worked fine. Is this within the operating specs? Just curious,

I guess it's because of C's way of handing numbers... a leading zero
indicates a number is in octal system, unless the leading zero is followed
by an x, in which case it is hexadecimal.

(and 16 octal _is_ 14 decimal...)

LLaP
bero




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