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NAME

       nuke - launch nuclear weapons at mapped USENET sites

SYNOPSIS

       /etc/nuke [-y yield] [-a height] [-hcm] sitename...

DESCRIPTION

       Nuke employs the ‘missile coordinate’ fields in the USENET map database
       and Internet connections to a server interfaced  with  AUTOVON  to  lob
       nuclear  weapons  at  other UNIX sites, specified by name.  The default
       warhead is a single 25KT groundburst tac nuke;  options  support  other
       combinations of warhead size, type and deployment.

       The  -y  option  specifies  a  yield.   The  argument  must be a number
       suffixed by K  or  M,  for  kiloton  or  megaton  respectively.   Yield
       arguments above 255M are quietly ignored.

       The -a option specifies an air-burst height in meters.

       The -h option specifies thermonuclear (hydrogen) weapons.

       The  -c  option  specifies  cobalt-jacketed warheads for permanent site
       interdiction.

       The -m option, useful with multiple-site nuke calls, invokes code which
       optimizes delivery using MIRVed warheads to minimize launches.

       In  accordance  with  the  normal  UNIX design philosophy nuke does not
       prevent you from nuking yourself.

FILES

       /usr/lib/maps/*          USENET map file database

BUGS

       If a target site has given only nearest-city  coordinates  in  its  map
       entry,  incorrect  targeting  and significant collateral casualties may
       result.

       Heavy use of nuke may cause EMP effects which interfere  with  Internet
       service.

NOTE

       This command is restricted to super-users only.

AUTHOR

       Eric S. Raymond <esr@thyrsus.com>