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How to get in C full name of local host, when gethostbyname returns only short one? In aliases too.
I don't want ask DNS in my program. Is field "domain" in /etc/resolv.conf right place to find domain of local host ?
I'm passing name returned by gethostname to gethostbyname.
I want my program to work on any host.
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what are you passing into gethostbyname? "localhost"?
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Yes. The resolv.conf must contain the name of your local domain. So if you add it to your (short) hostname you will get the full address of your host. However, if a machine is not relying on DNS this file may not be present (see below). But then, there might also no domainname defined on that machine.

Don't try to read /etc/defaultdomain or the output from the command domainname. At least on Solaris machines they may return the NIS domain name, which might be absolutely different from the Internet domain.

Your wish that the application runs on any host is very ambitious. What about a host with networking not set up? Or not using DNS? You may have to specify what the application does and what networking services are essential for it.

Hope this helps,

Peter (pxh@mpe-garching.mpg.de)

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