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Date:      Fri, 20 Apr 2012 12:56:56 -0700
From:      Chuck Swiger <cswiger@mac.com>
To:        Chris Whitehouse <cwhiteh@onetel.com>
Cc:        User Questions <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>
Subject:   Re: domain required for FreeBSD install and isc dhcp
Message-ID:  <A4C2A0D1-077F-4E92-A5C9-3FB06A0C313E@mac.com>
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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:

  http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2606.txt

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.

Regards,
-- 
-Chuck




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