MACHINE-INFO(5)                   machine-info                   MACHINE-INFO(5)

       machine-info - Local machine information file


       The /etc/machine-info file contains machine metadata.

       The basic file format of machine-info is a newline-separated list of
       environment-like shell-compatible variable assignments. It is possible to
       source the configuration from shell scripts, however, beyond mere
       variable assignments no shell features are supported, allowing
       applications to read the file without implementing a shell compatible
       execution engine.

       /etc/machine-info contains metadata about the machine that is set by the
       user or administrator.

       Depending on the operating system other configuration files might be
       checked for machine information as well, however only as fallback.

       You may use hostnamectl(1) to change the settings of this file from the
       command line.

       The following machine metadata parameters may be set using

           A pretty human-readable UTF-8 machine identifier string. This should
           contain a name like "Lennart's Laptop" which is useful to present to
           the user and does not suffer by the syntax limitations of internet
           domain names. If possible, the internet hostname as configured in
           /etc/hostname should be kept similar to this one. Example: if this
           value is "Lennart's Computer" an Internet hostname of
           "lennarts-computer" might be a good choice. If this parameter is not
           set, an application should fall back to the Internet hostname for
           presentation purposes.

           An icon identifying this machine according to the XDG Icon Naming
           Specification[1]. If this parameter is not set, an application should
           fall back to "computer" or a similar icon name.

           The chassis type. Currently, the following chassis types are defined:
           "desktop", "laptop", "convertible", "server", "tablet", "handset",
           "watch", and "embedded", as well as the special chassis types "vm"
           and "container" for virtualized systems that lack an immediate
           physical chassis. Note that many systems allow detection of the
           chassis type automatically (based on firmware information or
           suchlike). This setting (if set) shall take precedence over
           automatically detected information and is useful to override
           misdetected configuration or to manually configure the chassis type
           where automatic detection is not available.

           Describes the system deployment environment. One of the following is
           suggested: "development", "integration", "staging", "production".

           Describes the system location if applicable and known. Takes a
           human-friendly, free-form string. This may be as generic as "Berlin,
           Germany" or as specific as "Left Rack, 2nd Shelf".

           PRETTY_HOSTNAME="Lennart's Tablet"

       systemd(1), os-release(5), hostname(5), machine-id(5), hostnamectl(1),

        1. XDG Icon Naming Specification

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