Subject: Re: Obtaining a host name?
To: Jan Danielsson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Steven M. Bellovin <email@example.com>
Date: 08/14/2005 11:32:23
In message <42FF5D14.firstname.lastname@example.org>, Jan Danielsson writes:
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> My universities student network (broadband at home) requires us to
>login before we get access to Internet. To automate the login procedure,
>I have written a python script which logs in during boot. I wanted the
>script to validate its dhcp-assigned ip against that which is printed in
>the login page. (Don't ask.. I guess you can say it was for the hell of
>it). I'm kind of glad I did, because I ran into something which made me
>This works on my Windows laptop, and on a friends Linux box:
>>>> import socket
>>>> print socket.gethostbyaddr(socket.gethostname())
>It will print my ip address - the one I was given assigned by the dhcp.
>However, when I run it on my NetBSD-system, it says:
>socket.gaierror: (7, 'No address associated with hostname')
> Now, when I connect to some servers with my Windows system, the
>server will reply "Hello REGULUS3.student.uu.se", or something like
>that. I haven't set that "REGULUS"-variable anywhere, so I assume that
>it is sent to me by the dhcp server(?). Now, my NetBSD system doesn't
>seem to do that, and what's more: I have set my own hostname in rc.conf.
> I assume that is why it fails on NetBSD, gethostname() isn't
>returning a "proper" name?
> Is there any way to fix so that gethostname() will return that dhcp
>assigned name in NetBSD?
>Thankful for any pointers.
Very interesting. I'm getting inconsistent results on the different
NetBSD machines I've tried it on, and I'm not sure why.
However -- didn't you mean to say
That does indeed print the IP address, even on machines where your
example is misbehaving. (Note that you're trying to look up a hostname
by its *address*, not its name. There may not be a proper reverse DNS
--Steven M. Bellovin, http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~smb