need info on hostname
Kevin D. Kinsey, DaleCo, S.P.
kdk at daleco.biz
Thu Nov 20 12:04:57 PST 2003
Quid pro quo:
I'm not an expert, and don't play one on TV.
>During the install you are asked for the host name which adds the
>following line to rc.conf.
>What does FBSD use this for?
DNS? Same stuff as any other system, with the
possible exception of that stuff from Redmond.
Since 'Nix is/has always been very network
oriented, this is its primary means of human
readable identification. Or something like that ;)
>Did I use the correct format for the host name?
Yes, more or less. Since homepc.com seems
to actually exist, this could either be a good
or bad choice, depending on whether or
not you own 'homepc.com'. If the machine is
on a private network and will do all it's connecting
via another box, it could probably get away with
'foo.bar.baz' if you set up your DNS correctly.
>What are the rules for creating the hostname name?
See /etc/hosts. paraphrase ---"If you're directly
connected to the internet, you can't just make it up...."
>Are the rules published anywhere?
I'd check RFC's if I was *real* concerned.
The good news? If something about your
selected hostname is causing problems,
all you have to do (as root)
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