machine-id - Local machine ID configuration file




   The /etc/machine-id file contains the unique machine ID of the local
   system that is set during installation. The machine ID is a single
   newline-terminated, hexadecimal, 32-character, lowercase machine ID
   string. When decoded from hexadecimal, this corresponds with a
   16-byte/128-bit string.

   The machine ID is usually generated from a random source during system
   installation and stays constant for all subsequent boots. Optionally,
   for stateless systems, it is generated during runtime at early boot if
   it is found to be empty.

   The machine ID does not change based on user configuration or when
   hardware is replaced.

   This machine ID adheres to the same format and logic as the D-Bus
   machine ID.

   Programs may use this ID to identify the host with a globally unique ID
   in the network, which does not change even if the local network
   configuration changes. Due to this and its greater length, it is a more
   useful replacement for the gethostid(3) call that POSIX specifies.

   The systemd-machine-id-setup(1) tool may be used by installer tools to
   initialize the machine ID at install time. Use systemd-firstboot(1) to
   initialize it on mounted (but not booted) system images.

   The machine-id may also be set, for example when network booting, by
   setting the systemd.machine_id= kernel command line parameter or
   passing the option --machine-id= to systemd. A machine-id may not be
   set to all zeros.


   Note that the machine ID historically is not an OSF UUID as defined by
   RFC 4122[1], nor a Microsoft GUID; however, starting with systemd v30,
   newly generated machine IDs do qualify as v4 UUIDs.

   In order to maintain compatibility with existing installations, an
   application requiring a UUID should decode the machine ID, and then
   apply the following operations to turn it into a valid OSF v4 UUID.
   With "id" being an unsigned character array:

       /* Set UUID version to 4 --- truly random generation */
       id[6] = (id[6] & 0x0F) | 0x40;
       /* Set the UUID variant to DCE */
       id[8] = (id[8] & 0x3F) | 0x80;

   (This code is inspired by "generate_random_uuid()" of
   drivers/char/random.c from the Linux kernel sources.)


   The simple configuration file format of /etc/machine-id originates in
   the /var/lib/dbus/machine-id file introduced by D-Bus. In fact, this
   latter file might be a symlink to /etc/machine-id.


   systemd(1), systemd-machine-id-setup(1), gethostid(3), hostname(5),
   machine-info(5), os-release(5), sd-id128(3), sd_id128_get_machine(3),


    1. RFC 4122

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