Subject: Re: System unique identifier.....
To: der Mouse <mouse@Rodents.Montreal.QC.CA>
From: Andrew Brown <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 06/25/1999 11:34:15
>Heck, even supposedly-non-settable IDs are just as useless.  "Long long
>ago and far far away", I once had to deal with an emergency in which a
>Sun machine had died, a vendor was being slow to transfer a license to
>the replacement machine's ID, and someone was under the gun for a "we
>need it yesterday" deadline.  It proved to be a simple matter to add a
>sethostid() syscall to the kernel - and this was SunOS, a vendor
>binary-only kernel.  (No, I'm not giving out the code.  I don't think I
>even have a copy any longer.  Knowing what I know now, I would have
>just bashed the ID bytes in the "EEPROM".)

swapping the hostid prom wasn't a option?  that's what i used to do
when motherboards died...

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