Subject: Re: shell scripts in an emulation environment
To: Todd Vierling <tv@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Ignatios Souvatzis <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 01/29/1998 22:53:08
> No, I meant *hostid*. (Perhaps I was wrong in thinking that SunOS/sun3 had
> hostid's.)  On SPARC SunOS/Solaris, and on Solaris x86, there is a `hostid'
> used to `uniquely' identify your computer, used in licensing software--which
> is a pain in the butt if you license software and then upgrade your box.
> Hence, hostid changing per-process is useful in an emulation environment, so
> that you can `pretend' that you're the box that was actually decommissioned
> in favor of the new-and-faster-cool-box-you-just-bought-used-for-cheap.
> There's a tool to do this on SunOS and Solaris (with kernel mods), but not
> for NetBSD.

oh. _hostid_. ok.

Actually, on the DraCo, its even defined to what Macro System GmbH defines
the serial number to be :-)... unless you overwrite it with sysctl.