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          gethostname, sethostname - get/set hostname

          #include <unistd.h>

          int gethostname(char *name, size_t len);
          int sethostname(const char *name, size_t len);

     Feature Test Macro Requirements for glibc (see

              Since glibc 2.12: _BSD_SOURCE || _XOPEN_SOURCE >= 500
              || /* Since glibc 2.12: */ _POSIX_C_SOURCE >= 200112L
              Since glibc 2.21:
              In glibc 2.19 and 2.20:
                  _DEFAULT_SOURCE || (_XOPEN_SOURCE && _XOPEN_SOURCE < 500)
              Up to and including glibc 2.19:
                  _BSD_SOURCE || (_XOPEN_SOURCE && _XOPEN_SOURCE < 500)

          These system calls are used to access or to change the  sys-
          tem  hostname.  More precisely, they operate on the hostname
          associated with the calling process's UTS namespace.

          sethostname() sets the hostname to the value  given  in  the
          character  array name. The len argument specifies the number
          of bytes in name. (Thus, name does not require a terminating
          null byte.)

          gethostname() returns the null-terminated  hostname  in  the
          character  array  name, which has a length of len bytes.  If
          the null-terminated hostname is too large to fit,  then  the
          name  is  truncated, and no error is returned (but see NOTES
          below).  POSIX.1 says that if such truncation  occurs,  then
          it  is  unspecified  whether  the returned buffer includes a
          terminating null byte.

          On success, zero is returned.  On error, -1 is returned, and
          errno is set appropriately.

               name is an invalid address.


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               len is negative or, for sethostname(),  len  is  larger
               than the maximum allowed size.

               (glibc gethostname()) len is smaller  than  the  actual
               size.   (Before version 2.1, glibc uses EINVAL for this

               For  sethostname(),  the  caller  did  not   have   the
               CAP_SYS_ADMIN  capability in the user namespace associ-
               ated with its UTS namespace (see namespaces(7)).

          SVr4, 4.4BSD  (these interfaces first appeared  in  4.2BSD).
          POSIX.1-2001  and POSIX.1-2008 specify gethostname() but not

          SUSv2 guarantees that "Host names are limited to 255 bytes".
          POSIX.1  guarantees that "Host names (not including the ter-
          minating null byte) are limited to HOST_NAME_MAX bytes".  On
          Linux, HOST_NAME_MAX is defined with the value 64, which has
          been the limit since Linux 1.0 (earlier  kernels  imposed  a
          limit of 8 bytes).

        C library/kernel differences
          The GNU C library does not employ the  gethostname()  system
          call;  instead,  it  implements  gethostname()  as a library
          function that calls uname(2) and copies up to len bytes from
          the  returned nodename field into name. Having performed the
          copy, the function then checks if the length of the nodename
          was  greater  than  or  equal to len, and if it is, then the
          function returns -1 with errno set to ENAMETOOLONG; in  this
          case,  a  terminating  null  byte  is  not  included  in the
          returned name.

          Versions of glibc before  2.2  handle  the  case  where  the
          length of the nodename was greater than or equal to len dif-
          ferently: nothing is  copied  into  name  and  the  function
          returns -1 with errno set to ENAMETOOLONG.

          hostname(1), getdomainname(2),  setdomainname(2),  uname(2),

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