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Date:      Sun, 10 Jan 2021 21:16:26 -0600
From:      Tim Daneliuk <>
To:        FreeBSD Mailing List <>
Subject:   Why services.db?
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Back in the olden daze, services where defined in /etc/services.

I came upon a rather large /var/db/services.db that seems somehow obliquely
related to this but I am unclear on a few things:

- Why does this file exist?  What problem is it solving?

- Can it be safely removed?

- Does it need periodic regeneration, and if so, how? (There is some
  hint there with services_mkdb, but I - again - am unclear on the
  overall concept.)


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