How Do I Surf To My Server?

Kevin Kinsey kdk at
Mon Feb 19 13:54:37 UTC 2007

Drew Jenkins wrote:
> 20----- Original Message ----
> From: Chris <racerx at>
> To: Drew Jenkins <drewjenkinsjr at>
> Cc: freebsd-questions at
> Sent: Monday, February 19, 2007 9:09:16 AM
> Subject: Re: How Do I Surf To My Server?
>> If however, you browse from within your own home network, all you need
>> is the IP address of the server (assuming that server has apache or some
>> other httpd) and your done.
> Right, all at home. I have Pound configured (like on my workhorse), not apache. 
> But how do I determine the IP address of the server? I've never set that up before. 
 > What file do I edit?

That depends on "determine".  If you mean, "determine" as in, 
"discover", then "ifconfig" should work.  To *set* the IP address, edit
/etc/rc.conf (adding the correct arguments to ifconfig there) and reboot 
the server, or issue the correct arguments to ifconfig in real time (but 
you'll have to do it every time you reboot).  Perhaps we'll be a tough 
schoolmaster here; see ifconfig(1)'s man page for more info ;-)

>> Servers should NEVER be ip'ed dynamically. Servers should ALWAYS be
>> static unless of course, you are running some form of DNS internally.
> All I need is something like this:
> 123.456.78.90:8080/example_site
> so I can look at said site.
>> Again, if your intent is to access from outside your network - then the
>> above is mute and you need to educate yourself with the whole networking
>> thing.
> I'm glad I can once more dodge that bullet ;)
> Drew

Will this help?

$ ifconfig vr0
         inet6 fe80::20a:e6ff:fee5:3760%vr0 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0x2
         inet netmask 0xffffff00 broadcast
         ether 00:0a:e6:e5:37:60
         media: Ethernet autoselect (100baseTX <full-duplex>)
         status: active

And on a Windows Laptop:

C:\> more c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts

# Copyright (c) 1993-1999 Microsoft Corp.
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
# For example:
#          # source server
#              # x client host       localhost

So, I can browse "", located on a FreeBSD server on my 
LAN, from a Windows laptop; the server is running on the FreeBSD box's 
"vr0" interface (IP address, and the "hosts" file on the 
Winbox is telling it that "" is at that address.

That's DNS, circa 1981.  No charge ;-)

Kevin Kinsey
DaleCo, S.P.

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