hostnames and interfaces

paul van den bergen pvandenbergen at
Thu Nov 20 17:17:36 PST 2003

hey all,
I first encountered networking in CISCO land... where IP addresses and host 
names seem to be associated...

what is the freeBSD way?  AFAICS, a machine has a defined name regardless of 
howmany interfaces it has.  if one splits the world up into hosts (one 
interface) and routers (multiple interfaces) can one define multiple 

to expand on this, there is a potential many to many relationship here between 
host names and IP addresses (strickly speaking that is what dns etc sees?)

how dose BSD define this? how does one define this using BSD?

Dr Paul van den Bergen
Centre for Advanced Internet Architectures
pvandenbergen at
"And some run up hill and down dale, knapping the chucky stones 
to pieces wi' hammers, like so many road makers run daft. 
They say it is to see how the world was made."
Sir Walter Scott, St. Ronan's Well 1824 

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