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NAME

       uname - get name and information about current kernel

SYNOPSIS

       #include <sys/utsname.h>

       int uname(struct utsname *buf);

DESCRIPTION

       uname()  returns system information in the structure pointed to by buf.
       The utsname struct is defined in <sys/utsname.h>:

           struct utsname {
               char sysname[];    /* Operating system name (e.g., "Linux") */
               char nodename[];   /* Name within "some implementation-defined
                                     network" */
               char release[];    /* OS release (e.g., "2.6.28") */
               char version[];    /* OS version */
               char machine[];    /* Hardware identifier */
           #ifdef _GNU_SOURCE
               char domainname[]; /* NIS or YP domain name */
           #endif
           };

       The length of the arrays  in  a  struct  utsname  is  unspecified  (see
       NOTES); the fields are terminated by a null byte ('\0').

RETURN VALUE

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

ERRORS

       EFAULT buf is not valid.

CONFORMING TO

       SVr4, POSIX.1-2001.  There is no uname() call in 4.3BSD.

       The domainname member (the NIS or YP domain name) is a GNU extension.

NOTES

       This is a system call, and the operating system  presumably  knows  its
       name,  release  and  version.   It also knows what hardware it runs on.
       So, four of the fields of the struct  are  meaningful.   On  the  other
       hand,  the  field  nodename  is  meaningless:  it gives the name of the
       present machine in some undefined network, but typically  machines  are
       in  more than one network and have several names.  Moreover, the kernel
       has no way of knowing about such things, so it has to be told  what  to
       answer here.  The same holds for the additional domainname field.

       To   this   end   Linux   uses  the  system  calls  sethostname(2)  and
       setdomainname(2).  Note that there is no standard that  says  that  the
       hostname set by sethostname(2) is the same string as the nodename field
       of the struct  returned  by  uname()  (indeed,  some  systems  allow  a
       256-byte  hostname  and an 8-byte nodename), but this is true on Linux.
       The same holds for setdomainname(2) and the domainname field.

       The length of the fields in the struct varies.  Some operating  systems
       or  libraries  use a hardcoded 9 or 33 or 65 or 257.  Other systems use
       SYS_NMLN or _SYS_NMLN or UTSLEN or _UTSNAME_LENGTH.  Clearly, it  is  a
       bad  idea  to  use any of these constants; just use sizeof(...).  Often
       257 is chosen in order to have room for an internet hostname.

       Part   of   the   utsname   information   is   also   accessible    via
       /proc/sys/kernel/{ostype, hostname, osrelease, version, domainname}.

   Underlying kernel interface
       Over  time,  increases in the size of the utsname structure have led to
       three   successive   versions   of   uname():   sys_olduname()    (slot
       __NR_oldolduname), sys_uname() (slot __NR_olduname), and sys_newuname()
       (slot __NR_uname).  The first one used length 9  for  all  fields;  the
       second  used  65; the third also uses 65 but adds the domainname field.
       The  glibc  uname()  wrapper  function   hides   these   details   from
       applications,  invoking  the  most  recent  version  of the system call
       provided by the kernel.

SEE ALSO

       uname(1), getdomainname(2), gethostname(2)

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