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Date:      Fri, 20 Apr 2012 12:56:56 -0700
From:      Chuck Swiger <>
To:        Chris Whitehouse <>
Cc:        User Questions <>
Subject:   Re: domain required for FreeBSD install and isc dhcp
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On Apr 20, 2012, at 12:40 PM, Chris Whitehouse wrote:
> I've wondered this for ages. When you set up networking as part of installing FreeBSD one of the pieces of information requested is a domain name. Also setting up dhcp.conf one of the fields is domain name. What do you do if you don't have your own domain?

There have been a few domains which are permanently reserved and will never be assigned elsewhere:

You can reasonably claim to be part of your ISP's domain, if you prefer.
.lan might be reasonable, or .local, although the latter might conflict with Bonjour/Zeroconf.

> I've never supplied a domain name when installing FreeBSD and it doesn't seem to have been a problem. I'm just setting up dhcp for the first time and I don't know if it matters here.

It's mainly used to setup the default search domain which clients use to find local unqualified hosts.


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