[linux-elitists] hostname question
Sun Sep 19 15:36:33 PDT 2004
On Sat, 2004-09-18 at 20:19 -0700, Darlene Wallach wrote:
> I've have never had a hostname on my Linux box other
> than the default localhost.
> Earthlink is my ISP and I have a 56k modem.
Gads, Earthlink with Spam-Protection? Ick... worst thing since Moldy
Bread. But, I won't hold that ag'in ya. Providing that I don't get a
> I want to learn about the Linux kernel and device drivers.
> I planned on using BitKeeper for change management.
> It appears BitKeeper requires a hostname in order to
> set up a repository.
You want to learn about Linux and Device Drivers, using BitKeeper?
Doesn't seem Elitist to me. (But then I ask questions that should be on
a Psycho list, sometimes)
> The manpage for hostname states:
> The host name is usually set once at system startup in
> /etc/rc.d/rc.inet1 or /etc/init.d/boot (normally by reading
> the contents of a file which contains the host name, e.g.
> I could not find /etc/rc.d/rc.inet1, /etc/init.d/boot, and
> /etc/hostname files.
That completely dependent on the distribution you have installed. Some
use the BSD style init and other use the Sys V style init. I like both,
but since Debian uses Sys V init style, that is what I prefer :)
Slackware uses BSD init style.
> The manpage for hostname then states that it depends on
> the configuration - /etc/host.conf how it can be changed.
/etc/host.conf or /etc/nsswitch.conf depending on many things.
> And that if the hosts file is parsed before DNS, I
> can change it in /etc/hosts.
> The /etc/hosts file only contains the default localhost.
> How can I tell if the hosts file is parsed before DNS?
> What do I put in my hosts file for my machine so I
> have a valid hostname?
Try it. Follow the structure of the file. something like:
#126.96.36.199 somehost.somedomain.com alias alias alias
127.0.0.1 localhost.localdomain localhost
192.168.1.5 sumat.untat.com sumat
> Thank you for any advice.
The technology that is
Stronger, better, faster: Linux
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