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    Subject[PATCH RESEND] uts: Set default hostname to "localhost", rather than "(none)"
    The "hostname" tool falls back to setting the hostname to "localhost" if
    /etc/hostname does not exist. Distribution init scripts have the same
    fallback. However, if userspace never calls sethostname, such as when
    booting with init=/bin/sh, or otherwise booting a minimal system without
    the usual init scripts, the default hostname of "(none)" remains,
    unhelpfully appearing in various places such as prompts
    ("root@(none):~#") and logs. Furthrmore, "(none)" doesn't typically
    resolve to anything useful, while "localhost" does.

    Change the default hostname to "localhost". This removes the need for
    the standard fallback, provides a useful default for systems that never
    call sethostname, and makes minimal systems that much more useful with
    less configuration.

    Signed-off-by: Josh Triplett <>

    Looked at "(none)" one too many times, and figured I ought to do
    something about it.

    Resending, and adding CCs for networking and UTS.

    include/linux/uts.h | 2 +-
    1 files changed, 1 insertions(+), 1 deletions(-)

    diff --git a/include/linux/uts.h b/include/linux/uts.h
    index 73eb1ed..610bec2 100644
    --- a/include/linux/uts.h
    +++ b/include/linux/uts.h
    @@ -9,7 +9,7 @@

    #ifndef UTS_NODENAME
    -#define UTS_NODENAME "(none)" /* set by sethostname() */
    +#define UTS_NODENAME "localhost" /* set by sethostname() */

    #ifndef UTS_DOMAINNAME

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