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Re: Getting a unique ID for a system?

On 11/17/08 20:07, Richard Hartmann wrote:
On Mon, Nov 17, 2008 at 19:04, Steve Kemp <skx@debian.org> wrote:

 hostid - contained in the coreutils package.

Unfortunately, this id is either read from /etc/hostid or calculated
from the IPv4 address which a gethostbyhostname_r(3) on the
system's hostname returns.
This means the id is not persistant.

What *is* persistent about computing, anyway?

The Debian installation I am writing this from was first installed on almost completely different hardware. The only commonality between that PC and my current box is that I brought the boot disk (hda) with me.

If that spindle starts to fail, I'll simply restore my /etc and /home to a new spindle, with the same packages installed.

Ron Johnson, Jr.
Jefferson LA  USA

If you don't agree with me, you are worse than Hitler!!!

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