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almus
Hi,
I am a psedo-newbie running RH 8.?.
I have adelphia as a ISP with DNS.


Typically my hostname usually stays the same for
~ weeks to months. But then it changes. Typically
this has not been a problem. However just recently
my name changed but *somehow* the machine is
booting with an old hostname, so the printer
daemon is failing to start so when I try to print
I get:
"Get_local_host: hostname 'nh-kingston1b-288' bad ".

Furthermore, some software programs that I run (IDL)
need the proper hostname to match up with their license
files.
If I type in ifconfig, My inet addr is
set to the correct address but that does not jive with
what my system thinks is the hostname.

I can manually set hostname to the correct name, start
all the the print and license daemons, but I don't
understand why in the boot process, hostname is not being
set correctly. What is going on?
Help! Thanks....

-Almus
Corey
Choose a hostname for yourself, say "linuxbox".

Edit the file /etc/hostname and replace what's there with "linuxbox".

Edit the file /etc/hosts and add the line (or edit one that exists) "127.0.0.1 linuxbox.localdomain linuxbox"


This should resolv "linuxbox" to your local machine no matter what your internet address is.
almus
Thanks for your reply.

I do not have a /etc/hostname file.
I am not sure if I can just create one??



I added:
HOSTNAME=linuxbox
to the end of my /etc/sysconfig/network file

As well as editing my /etc/hosts file.

I also had to run hostname linuxbox.
I edited my IDL license file and that seemed
to hold as well.




Things seem to be working now. I am still puzzled
why the thing suddenly changed; ie it was fine for
many months and then suddenly hostname was no longer
being set properly during boot....

Thanks....

-Almus
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