hostname — Local hostname configuration file




The /etc/hostname file configures the name of the local system that is set during boot using the sethostname(2) system call. It should contain a single newline-terminated hostname string. Comments (lines starting with a `#') are ignored. The hostname may be a free-form string up to 64 characters in length; however, it is recommended that it consists only of 7-bit ASCII lower-case characters and no spaces or dots, and limits itself to the format allowed for DNS domain name labels, even though this is not a strict requirement.

You may use hostnamectl(1) to change the value of this file during runtime from the command line. Use systemd-firstboot(1) to initialize it on mounted (but not booted) system images.


The simple configuration file format of /etc/hostname originates from Debian GNU/Linux.

See Also

systemd(1), sethostname(2), hostname(1), hostname(7), machine-id(5), machine-info(5), hostnamectl(1), systemd-hostnamed.service(8), systemd-firstboot(1)

Referenced By

hostnamectl(1), machine-id(5), machine-info(5), os-release(5), sssd-ad(5), sssd-ipa(5), systemd.directives(7), systemd-firstboot(1), systemd-hostnamed.service(8), systemd.index(7).

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