setdomainname (2) - Linux Man Pages

setdomainname: get/set NIS domain name


getdomainname, setdomainname - get/set NIS domain name


#include <unistd.h>

int getdomainname(char *name, size_t len);
int setdomainname(const char *name, size_t len);

Feature Test Macro Requirements for glibc (see feature_test_macros(7)):

getdomainname(), setdomainname():

    Since glibc 2.21:
    In glibc 2.19 and 2.20:
    Up to and including glibc 2.19:


These functions are used to access or to change the NIS domain name of the host system. More precisely, they operate on the NIS domain name associated with the calling process's UTS namespace.

setdomainname() sets the domain name to the value given in the character array name. The len argument specifies the number of bytes in name. (Thus, name does not require a terminating null byte.)

getdomainname() returns the null-terminated domain name in the character array name, which has a length of len bytes. If the null-terminated domain name requires more than len bytes, getdomainname() returns the first len bytes (glibc) or gives an error (libc).


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


setdomainname() can fail with the following errors:
name pointed outside of user address space.
len was negative or too large.
The caller did not have the CAP_SYS_ADMIN capability in the user namespace associated with its UTS namespace (see namespaces(7)).

getdomainname() can fail with the following errors:

For getdomainname() under libc: name is NULL or name is longer than len bytes.


POSIX does not specify these calls.


Since Linux 1.0, the limit on the length of a domain name, including the terminating null byte, is 64 bytes. In older kernels, it was 8 bytes.

On most Linux architectures (including x86), there is no getdomainname() system call; instead, glibc implements getdomainname() as a library function that returns a copy of the domainname field returned from a call to uname(2).


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gethostname(2), sethostname(2), uname(2), uts_namespaces(7)