gnome settings unexpected values

Adam Williamson awilliam at
Wed Sep 25 08:41:24 UTC 2013

On Tue, 2013-09-24 at 23:11 -0600, Chris Murphy wrote:
> Settings>System: Details
> a. Device name is showing hostnamectl transient name, not static name. I just tried this in F19 and it shows the static name. So this seems backwards now with Gnome 3.9.

By my understanding, if there's a 'transient' hostname then it is likely
to be the currently "active" hostname, not the 'static' one. The
'static' one is kind of a permanent fallback value which can possibly
get overwritten by a 'transient' one on network init, but the 'static'
one is tracked because that's what the hostname will fall back to if the
'transient' one goes away for some reason.

(At least, that's my best understanding ATM. I've been poking this stuff
lately in the context of getting IPA set up, and I suspect hostname is a
bit like xkb - seems simple on the surface, turns out to be
pyschopathically complicated when you get into the details. There seem
to be three different kernel syscalls for 'querying the hostname', which
can all return different results in different circumstances. Try
'hostname' and 'hostname -f'...)
Adam Williamson
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