routes - Specifies Internet routing information to the routing tables
Static routes can be defined in the /etc/routes file. The /etc/routes file identifies static routes that are automatically added to the network routing tables with the /usr/sbin/route add command. The /sbin/init.d/route script contains the /usr/sbin/route add command that is executed for each entry in the /etc/routes file when the network is restarted on the system or the system is rebooted.
The general format of an entry in the /etc/routes file is: Dest Name1 Name2
The following is a brief description of each element in an /etc/routes file entry: A keyword that indicates whether the route is to a network or to a host. The two possible keywords are -net and -host. The name or address of the destination network or host. Name1 can be either a symbolic name (as used in the /etc/hosts or /etc/networks file) or an Internet address specified in dotted-decimal format. The name or address of the gateway host to which messages should be forwarded. Name2 can be either a symbolic name (as used in the /etc/hosts file) or an Internet address specified in dotted-decimal format.
To specify a route to a network through a gateway host with an entry in the /etc/routes file, enter:
-net net2 host4
-host host2 host4
This example specifies a route to a default gateway with an Internet address of 188.8.131.52.
Daemons: gated(8), routed(8)
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