hostname - show or set the system's host name
domainname - show or set the system's NIS/YP domain name
ypdomainname - show or set the system's NIS/YP domain name
nisdomainname - show or set the system's NIS/YP domain name
dnsdomainname - show the system's DNS domain name
2. SYNOPSIS ▲
hostname [ -v ] [ -a ] [ --alias ] [ -d ] [ --domain ] [ -f ] [ --fqdn ] [ -A ] [ --all-fqdns ] [ -i ] [ --ip-address ] [ -I ] [ --all-ip-addresses ] [ --long ] [ -s ] [ --short ] [ -y ] [ --yp ] [ --nis ]
hostname [ -v ] [ -b ] [ --boot ] [ -F filename ] [ --file filename ] [ hostname ]
hostname [ -v ] [ -h ] [ --help ] [ -V ] [ --version ]
domainname [ nisdomain ] [ -F file ]
ypdomainname [ nisdomain ] [ -F file ]
nisdomainname [ nisdomain ] [ -F file ]
dnsdomainname [ -v ]
3. DESCRIPTION ▲
Hostname is used to display the system's DNS name, and to display or set its hostname or NIS domain name.
3.1. GET NAME ▲
When called without any arguments, the program displays the current names:
hostname will print the name of the system as returned by the
R gethostname (2) function.
domainname will print the NIS domainname of the system.
R domainname uses the
R gethostname (2) function, while
R ypdomainname and
R nisdomainname use the
R yp_get_default_domain (3).
dnsdomainname will print the domain part of the FQDN (Fully Qualified Domain Name). The complete FQDN of the system is returned with
R (but see the warnings in section
THE FQDN below).
3.2. SET NAME ▲
When called with one argument or with the
--file option, the commands set the host name or the NIS/YP domain name.
R hostname uses the
R sethostname (2) function, while all of the three
R ypdomainname and
R nisdomainname use
R setdomainname (2). Note, that this is effective only until the next reboot. Edit /etc/hostname for permanent change.
Note, that only the super-user can change the names.
It is not possible to set the FQDN or the DNS domain name with the
dnsdomainname command (see
THE FQDN below).
The host name is usually set once at system startup in /etc/init.d/hostname.sh (normally by reading the contents of a file which contains the host name, e.g. /etc/hostname ).
3.3. THE FQDN ▲
You can't change the FQDN (as returned by
R or the DNS domain name (as returned by
R with this command. The FQDN of the system is the name that the
R resolver (3) returns for the host name.
Technically: The FQDN is the name
R getaddrinfo (3) returns for the host name returned by
R gethostname (2). The DNS domain name is the part after the first dot.
Therefore it depends on the configuration (usually in /etc/host.conf ) how you can change it. Usually (if the hosts file is parsed before DNS or NIS) you can change it in /etc/hosts .
If a machine has multiple network interfaces/addresses or is used in a mobile environment, then it may either have multiple FQDNs/domain names or none at all. Therefore avoid using
R is subject to the same limitations so it should be avoided as well.
4. OPTIONS ▲
- "-a, --alias"
Display the alias name of the host (if used). This option is deprecated and should not be used anymore.
- "-b, --boot"
Always set a hostname; this allows the file specified by -F to be non-existant or empty, in which case the default hostname localhost will be used if none is yet set.
- "-d, --domain"
Display the name of the DNS domain. Don't use the command
domainname to get the DNS domain name because it will show the NIS domain name and not the DNS domain name. Use
dnsdomainname instead. Ssee the warnings in section
THE FQDN above, and avoid using this option.
- "-F, --file filename"
Read the host name from the specified file. Comments (lines starting with a `#') are ignored.
- "-f, --fqdn, --long"
Display the FQDN (Fully Qualified Domain Name). A FQDN consists of a short host name and the DNS domain name. Unless you are using bind or NIS for host lookups you can change the FQDN and the DNS domain name (which is part of the FQDN) in the /etc/hosts file. See the warnings in section
THE FQDN above, and avoid using this option; use
- "-A, --all-fqdns"
Displays all FQDNs of the machine. This option enumerates all configured network addresses on all configured network interfaces, and translates them to DNS domain names. Addresses that cannot be translated (i.e. because they do not have an appropriate reverse DNS entry) are skipped. Note that different addresses may resolve to the same name, therefore the output may contain duplicate entries. Do not make any assumptions about the order of the output.
- "-h, --help"
Print a usage message and exit.
- "-i, --ip-address"
Display the network address(es) of the host name. Note that this works only if the host name can be resolved. Avoid using this option; use
- "-I, --all-ip-addresses"
Display all network addresses of the host. This option enumerates all configured addresses on all network interfaces. The loopback interface and IPv6 link-local addresses are omitted. Contrary to option -i, this option does not depend on name resolution. Do not make any assumptions about the order of the output.
- "-s, --short"
Display the short host name. This is the host name cut at the first dot.
- "-V, --version"
Print version information on standard output and exit successfully.
- "-v, --verbose"
Be verbose and tell what's going on.
- "-y, --yp, --nis"
Display the NIS domain name. If a parameter is given (or
--file name ) then root can also set a new NIS domain.
5. NOTES ▲
The address families
hostname tries when looking up the FQDN, aliases and network addresses of the host are determined by the configuration of your resolver. For instance, on GNU Libc systems, the resolver can be instructed to try IPv6 lookups first by using the
inet6 option in
R /etc/resolv.conf .
6. FILES ▲
/etc/hostname This file should only contain the hostname and not the full FQDN.
7. AUTHORS ▲
Peter Tobias, <>
Bernd Eckenfels, <> (NIS and manpage).
Michael Meskes, <>