Given this hierarchical structure, each statement can be identified by the list of keywords and values (when present) of all compound statements that must be traversed in order to reach that statement. Such a list, written according to a set of conventions, is called a full pathname of the statement. The conventions are:
A pathname which begins with a component separator (‘.’) is called absolute pathname and identifies the statement with relation to the topmost level of hierarchy.
A pathname beginning with an identifier is called relative and identifies the statement in relation to the statement represented by that identifier.
Examples of absolute pathnames are:
.database.description .acl=global.deny .view=external.zone=com.type
Examples of relative pathnames are:
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