Subject: Re: Why is ifconfig.ae0 better than hostname.ae0?
To: Andrew Brown <>
From: Scott Reynolds <scottr@Plexus.COM>
List: current-users
Date: 04/15/1997 11:20:36
On Tue, 15 Apr 1997, Andrew Brown wrote:

> yes, but my "stock" system at home doesn't have any network interfaces.
> i don't have a network.  (it dials in periodically, but i don't ever get
> the same address from the isp so i can't use that).  but i'd really like
> to give it a hostname.  what would one do in such a situation?  sure, i
> can give it a hostname, but that hostname won't resolve to an address and
> if it did, that address would not be reachable.

Well, unless that hostname corresponded to the loopback address, right?
(In which case the route through localhost would be redundant, of
course...)  Anyway, you certainly have a point here.