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	   variables - Format of specifying variable names to SNMP tools.


       Variable	 names are in the format of Object Identifiers (ASN.1).	 There
       are several methods of representation. Each variable name is  given  in
       the  format  of	A.B.C.D..., where A, B, C, and D are subidentifiers in
       one of two forms of notation.  Each subidentifier may be encoded	 as  a
       decimal	integer, or a symbol as found in the RFC1066 MIB.  The case of
       the symbols is not significant.
       If there is no leading "." in the  variable  name,  the	name  will  be
       formed	as   if	  having   been	  preceded   with  "iso.org.dod.inter-
       net.mgmt.mib.".	A "." must be placed before the first variable if  the
       user is to fully specify the name.  For example:

       1.1.0 system.sysDescr.0 and 1.sysDescr.0

       all refer to the same variable name.  Likewise:

       .     .iso.org.dod.internet.mgmt.mib.system.sysdescr.0

       All refer to the same variable name.

       The description of the variables in the MIB is given in the set of  MIB
       files  defined  by  the	MIBS environment variable (or the default list
       defined	 at   compilation   time)   and	  the	MIB   files   in   the
       /usr/share/snmp/mibs directory (or the MIBDIRS environment variable).

       RFC 1065, RFC 1066, RFC 1067, ISO IS 8824(ASN.1)

       The  parser  of	the  MIB  files file is not expected to handle bizarre
       (although correct) interpretations of the ASN.1 notation.

4th Berkeley Distribution	  02 Mar 1999			  VARIABLES(5)