Subject: Re: stand alone system (was Why is ifconfig...)
To: Patrick Welche <>
From: Andrew Brown <>
List: current-users
Date: 04/15/1997 12:32:07
> From: Patrick Welche
>>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.
>> unless i built in another lo device and ifconfig'ed it to something
>> other than!
>Can't you do that in /etc/hosts with your hostname = localhost which
>is on lo0 without needing another interface no matter what file you
>choose to use for the configuration of the interface?

sure!  but who wants to call their machine "localhost"?!  you should have
complete freedom in what you name your machine, not constrained by whether
or not you sprang for a network interface...

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