I have read that you can change all of the three "computer names" associated with a Mac using the
The three names in question are
ComputerName (the "friendly" name),
LocalHostName (used only by Bonjour) and
HostName (which is subsequently returned by
I understand that there are very few side effects from setting the first two. Obviously if Bonjour clients are out there looking for the old
LocalHostName then changing it will be a drag from their perspective, but otherwise this seems pretty side effect free.
I am no networking guru so the idea of changing what is reported by
/bin/hostname is a bit spooky to me. Should I be concerned?
For more background, what is reported by
/bin/hostname changes, it seems, currently, with the weather.
Suppose, for example, my
Chuggid (don't ask). Suppose my
LocalHostName is also
I've found that when I connect to some wifi hotspots,
chuggid.linksys. When I am connected to my workplace's VPN,
hostname returns things like
So my worry stems from the fact that I'm concerned that since I didn't come up with either of these names, when I arbitrarily decide to set my
chuggid that this will cause all sorts of problems.
Is it "safe" to change all three Mac "computer names" to whatever I want?