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19.2 Host Names and addresses

19.2.1 Static Tables

The table of host names and IP addresses is kept in /etc/hosts, in the form:

# IP-address hostname alias localhost loghost nyssa nyssa.acs.ohio-state.edu loghost tardis tardis.acs.ohio-state.edu

Generally you will keep the local host name here, it's server, or for a server, it's diskless clients, and maybe a few other frequently used machines.

Diskless machines require that the server know their ethernet address, kept in the /etc/ethers, e.g:

# ethernet-address hostname

00:00:A7:00:11:3D bongo

Unix System Administration - 8 AUG 1996
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