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REMOTE(5)		  FreeBSD File Formats Manual		     REMOTE(5)

     remote -- remote host description file

     The systems known by tip(1) and their attributes are stored in an ASCII
     file which	is structured somewhat like the	termcap(5) file.  Each line in
     the file provides a description for a single system.  Fields are sepa-
     rated by a	colon (``:'').	Lines ending in	a \ character with an immedi-
     ately 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 tip(1),
     and the cu(1) interface to	tip, as	follows.  When tip 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.  When the
     cu	interface is used, entries of the form ``cu300'' are used.

     Capabilities are either strings (str), numbers (num), or boolean flags
     (bool).  A	string capability is specified by capability=value; for	exam-
     ple, ``dv=/dev/harris''.  A numeric capability is specified by
     capability#value; for example, ``xa#99''.	A boolean capability is	speci-
     fied by simply listing the	capability.

     at	     (str) Auto	call unit type.

     br	     (num) The data rate (bits per second) used	for communications on
	     the serial	port.  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.

     cm	     (str) 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.

     cu	     (str) Call	unit if	making a phone call.  Default is the same as
	     the `dv' field.

     di	     (str) Disconnect message sent to the host when a disconnect is
	     requested by the user.

     du	     (bool) This host is on a dial-up line.

     dv	     (str) UNIX	device(s) to open to establish a connection.  If this
	     file refers to a terminal line, tip(1) attempts to	perform	an ex-
	     clusive open on the device	to ensure only one user	at a time has
	     access to the port.

     el	     (str) Characters marking an end-of-line.  The default is NULL.
	     `~' escapes are only recognized by	tip after one of the charac-
	     ters in `el', or after a carriage-return.

     fs	     (str) Frame size for transfers.  The default frame	size is	equal
	     to	BUFSIZ.

     hd	     (bool) The	host uses half-duplex communication, local echo	should
	     be	performed.

     ie	     (str) Input end-of-file marks.  The default is NULL.

     oe	     (str) Output end-of-file string.  The default is NULL.  When tip
	     is	transferring a file, this string is sent at end-of-file.

     pa	     (str) 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.

     pn	     (str) Telephone number(s) for this	host.  If the telephone	number
	     field contains an @ sign, tip searches the	file /etc/phones file
	     for a list	of telephone numbers (see phones(5)).

     tc	     (str) Indicates that the list of capabilities is continued	in the
	     named description.	 This is used primarily	to share common	capa-
	     bility information.

     /etc/remote  The remote host description file resides in /etc.

     Here is a short example showing the use of	the capability continuation
     feature.  It defines a 56k	modem connection on the	first serial port at
     115200 bits per second, no	parity using the Hayes command set with	stan-
     dard 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).


     cu(1), tip(1), phones(5)

     The remote	file format appeared in	4.2BSD.

     The tip(1)	utility	uses its own notion of the serial ports	data rate
     rather than the system default for	a serial port.

FreeBSD	13.0		       October 20, 2003			  FreeBSD 13.0


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