canonical name

(CNAME) A host's official name as opposed to an alias. The official name is the first hostname listed for its Internet address in the hostname database, /etc/hosts or the Network Information Service (NIS) map hosts.byaddr ("hosts" for short). A host with multiple network interfaces may have more than one Internet address, each with its own canonical name (and zero or more aliases).

You can find a host's canonical name using nslookup if you say

	set querytype=CNAME

and then type a hostname.

Last updated: 1994-11-29

Nearby terms:

Canonical Encoding Rulescanonical namecanonicityC (ANSI)

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