setting computer name

Jeff Vian jvian10 at charter.net
Wed Feb 25 01:49:14 UTC 2004


Javier Gonzalez wrote:

>This is a bit trivial, but I figured somebody is bound to respond. I've been trying to set up a name for my laptop for the first time. So, I tried using hostname to change the name of my computer, and then I logged out to see if it would change the name in the graphical greeter. It actually did, but then it would tell me that it could not find the name I had given to my computer.
>
It changed the hostname

>I went ahead and check /etc/hosts, and it has the following in it:
>
># Do not remove the following line, or various programs
># that require network functionality will fail.
>127.0.0.1       localhost.localdomain   localhost
>
>So it really did not change the name. I also checked out /etc/host.conf and found the following:
>  
>
The hostname command does not update the /etc/hosts file.  That is an 
action for the SA as part of the network administration, and can be done 
from the redhat-config-network tool, or from the command line by 
manually editing the /etc/hosts file.

>order hosts,bind
>
>however it did not have 'multi on', which I saw as being needed according to the Linux how-to help guides.
>
>The conflict that I see is that I am using DHCP, and I switch from servers in a daily basis. I checked /etc/resolv.conf and I had something like the following
>
>; generated by /sbin/dhclient-script
>search your.isp.domain.name
>nameserver 10.25.0.1
>nameserver 10.25.1.2
>
>Is there anyway for me to name my computer without incurring in further problems.
>
>Regards,
>
>-G
>  
>





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