Caveat: this is only documented on Windows and may or may not work on other OSs (it doesn’t work on Ubuntu 8.04). Also, if the computer has multiple IP addresses (like a LAN, WLAN and a VLAN IP), there is no telling which IP this will return.
Just a little snippet of code:
print join('.', unpack('C*', gethostbyname(''))), "n";
As per the documentation:
If the name parameter points to an empty string or name is NULL, the returned string is the same as the string returned by a successful gethostname function call (the standard host name for the local computer).
Also, other interesting snippet from the same page:
Note The gethostbyname function does not check the size of the name parameter before passing the buffer. With an improperly sized name parameter, heap corruption can occur.
I wonder if the implementors of libraries for interpreters (Perl, Python, etc) do this check…