Static IP and fully qualified domain names

Scott W wegster at
Fri Nov 21 17:48:02 PST 2003

Peter Ulrich Kruppa wrote:

>This question is inspired by a recent mail on this list.
>My ISP was so nice to give me a domain name ( and
>assign it statically to an IP (
>[So now everybody in the world can telnet and crack
>my private machine :-)  ]
>>From reading manuals one should think, that now I could give my
>machines names like,, etc...
>and all these would be reachable via internet - but they aren't.
>The only one that can be accessed is .
>How comes this?
The short answer is that you only have a single IP address assigned, and 
as you are not authoritative for DNS records for, you are 
unable to 'subdivide' or use any more IP addresses, which would be 
required to add additional hostnames.

at your freebsd prompt to see what I mean, note the AUTHORITY section...


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