Esoteric network setup question

Alfonso Romero ibac at
Wed Apr 30 07:53:06 PDT 2003

It doesn´t matter what name you choose for your internal network. I have 2
registered domains ( & and on my internal LAN
I use "ibac"; for example, my freebsd gateway hostname is "adeline" and the
hostname for the freebsd box I use as a web server is "franky". When I
configured their NICs I used "franky.ibac" and "adeline.ibac", and on
"franky.ibac" I´m running the "" web server.

I hope it doesn´t sound as confusing as it looks :-)

Alfonso Romero

----- Original Message -----
From: "Bill Moran" <wmoran at>
To: "inbox" <inbox at>
Cc: <freebsd-questions at>
Sent: Wednesday, April 30, 2003 8:05 AM
Subject: Re: Esoteric network setup question

> inbox wrote:
> > I have a hopefully not silly question;
> >
> > When I'm setting up my network, does it matter if I give the domain a
> > TLD or not?  Say I call my home network "myzoo".  I don't ever plan on
> > registering "" as a domain, and I don't ever plan on connecting
> > to my home network from the outside (TOS of my ISP forbids servers
> > anyways).  Should I call it "" or just "myzoo" in the network
> > configuration dialog or does it matter?  Do any programs expect a TLD
> > for the local domain?  The only reason I ask is every example in every
> > book I've seen has a TLD in the domain name, usually .com.
> I don't know of anything that would cause you to _need_ the TLD in the
> domain name.  You can probably get away without it.  Hell, I've run
> machines with _no_ hostname with success (although apps seem to be getting
> fussier about that and it doesn't seem to work any more).
> --
> Bill Moran
> Potential Technologies
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