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    SubjectRe: hostid derived from...
    > how does linux provide the hostid string?

    Its up to the C library

    > on a sun box this is a guaranteed unique identifier, since AFAIK
    > intel architecture does not have this unique identifier can
    > two linux boxes end up with same hostid by chance?

    Easily. hostid is generally only useful to proprietary license managers so
    its a relatively minor issue in the Linux world. You can set it by sticking
    the data you want in /etc/hostid

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