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       nuke - launch nuclear weapons at mapped USENET sites


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


       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


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


       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.


       This command is restricted to super-users only.


       Eric S. Raymond <>