gnome settings unexpected values

Adam Williamson awilliam at
Wed Sep 25 17:24:15 UTC 2013

On Wed, 2013-09-25 at 10:26 -0600, Chris Murphy wrote:
> On Sep 25, 2013, at 2:41 AM, Adam Williamson <awilliam at> wrote:
> > 
> > By my understanding, if there's a 'transient' hostname then it is likely
> > to be the currently "active" hostname, not the 'static' one.
> Well that's a problem. Linguistically transient means impermanent, so it should be the least likely hostname compared to static.
> Also, on this same machine that Gnome uses the transient name for, I must use the static name when ssh'ing into it. So apparently Avahi is using the static hostname, which is what I'm expecting. But Gnome isn't. For me. Because Ed is saying it's using static for him, not transient.
> > 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.
> Oh dear sweet mother of leaping lizards all choking on a stick.
> Now, after having set separate --static and --transient hostnames with hostnamectl, on reboots it never appears in hostnamectl. It was only there briefly after having set it, and then polling it right after.
> Maybe I shouldn't be setting one of these. 

By the description in 'man hostnamectl' that's what it sounds like to
me, but then I don't understand why hostnamectl offers you the
possibility of setting it in the first place. This does seem like a
thoroughly confusing area.
Adam Williamson
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