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"0" preceded IP Addr converted to octal

By GivatiA ·
Most IP stacks are converting IP addreses with preceding zeros to octal numbers instead of decimal.
will ping to (because 010 is translated to octal representation).
Does anyone know WHY does all IP stacks perform this conversion?
Is it backed by a standard?
Which ?
This phenomenom is observed in ping / telnet and other IP apps, in Windows / Unix / VxWorks etc...

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