O'Reilly logo

Solaris™ Operating Environment Boot Camp by Dominic Butler, David Rhodes

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

Naming Systems

Each system (or network interface, to be correct) is assigned a name and, if connected to the network, an IP address. The kernel uses the address for communication but allows us to use names, as they are generally much easier to remember than batches of numbers. It also carries out any tasks that are required to map between the hostname and the IP address using something known as a “Name Service.”

Network Information Service (NIS), NIS+, Domain Name System (DNS), Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), and “local files” are all well-known examples of naming services. We needn't be concerned with how they work or what the differences are at the moment, since we will cover this in later chapters. Suffice it to say that at present ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required