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MYNAME(5) File Formats Manual MYNAME(5)

myname, mygatedefault hostname and gateway

The myname and mygate files are read by netstart(8) at system startup time.

/etc/myname contains the symbolic name of the host machine. The file should contain a single line specifying the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the system (e.g. The name must be resolvable, either by matching a hostname specified in /etc/hosts (see hosts(5)) or through DNS (see resolv.conf(5)). The hostname is set via the hostname(1) utility at boot time. See hostname(7) for a description of hostname resolution.

/etc/mygate, if it exists, contains the address of the gateway host. The gateway is added to the routing tables by the route(8) utility. If /etc/mygate does not exist, no default gateway is added to the routing tables. The file may contain gateway addresses for both IPv4 and IPv6 networks: in dotted quad notation for v4 (e.g. or in colon notation for v6 (e.g. 2001:db8::1). Each address must be specified on a separate line. If more than one address of a specific family is found, only the first is used - all other addresses of that family are ignored.

/etc/mygate is processed after all interfaces have been configured. If any hostname.if(5) files contain “dhcp” directives, IPv4 entries in /etc/mygate will be ignored. If they contain “autoconf” directives, IPv6 entries will be ignored.

Empty lines and lines beginning with ‘#’ in either file are ignored.

Default hostname.
Default gateway address(es).

hostname(1), hostname.if(5), hosts(5), resolv.conf(5), hostname(7), netstart(8), route(8)

This manual page first appeared in OpenBSD 3.4.

July 13, 2017 OpenBSD-6.3