What does "host-specific" mean in RFC 1531?

I know that "host-specific" has a meaning of "capable of living solely on or in one species of host, as a parasite that infests only chickens."

But I can't understand why "host-specific" related to dhclient.

The Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) provides configuration parameters to Internet hosts. DHCP consists of two components: a protocol for delivering host-specific configuration parameters from a DHCP server to a host and a mechanism for allocation of network addresses to hosts.

  • What is the question about Unix and/or Linux? Aug 22, 2021 at 13:50
  • This question is about the "host-specific" term on dynamic host configuration protocol RFC that ISC uses. I want to understand ISC-DHCP service. Aug 22, 2021 at 13:53
  • And bear in mind... the host could also be Windows, Mac, smartphones, sbc's etc.
    – Bib
    Aug 22, 2021 at 13:54

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Individual hosts on a network. You can apply different settings to each.

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