Monday, June 10, 2013

Host Name Change on OpenBSD

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6.2.4 - Host name
Every Unix machine has a name. In OpenBSD, the name is specified as a "Fully Qualified Domain Name" (FQDN) in one line in the file /etc/myname. If this machine is named "puffy" and in the domain "", the file would contain the one line:

6.2.5 - Activating the changes
From here, you can either reboot or run the /etc/netstart script. You can do this by simply typing (as root):
# sh /etc/netstart
writing to routing socket: File exists
add net 127: gateway File exists
writing to routing socket: File exists
add net gateway File exists

Notice that a few errors were produced. By running this script, you are reconfiguring things which are already configured. As such, some routes already exist in the kernel routing table. From here your system should be up and running. Again, you can check to make sure that your interface was setup correctly with ifconfig(8).

Even though you can completely reconfigure networking on an OpenBSD system without rebooting, a reboot is HIGHLY recommended after any significant reconfiguration. The reason for this is the environment at boot is somewhat different than it is when the system is completely up and running. For example, if you had specified a DNS-resolved symbolic name in any of the files, you would probably find it worked as expected after reconfigure, but on initial boot, your external resolver may not be available, so the configuration will fail.

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