NUKESection: Maintenance Commands (8)
Updated: 13 October 1991
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NAMEnuke - launch nuclear weapons at mapped USENET sites
SYNOPSIS/etc/nuke [-y yield] [-a height] [-hcm] sitename...
DESCRIPTIONNuke 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.
BUGSIf a target site has given only nearest-city coordinates in its map entry, incorrect targeting and significant collateral casualties may result.
NOTEThis command is restricted to super-users only.
AUTHOREric S. Raymond <email@example.com>
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