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Old 11-28-2004, 06:56 PM   #1
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A Simple n00b question - assigning your system a name


Alright im running FedoraCore3 and I got a n00b question.. i never really looked into how to change your system name? Like when i turn on the comp and to like do remote desktop i gotta do vncviewer or whatever its called cant think of it off hand and then localhost.localdomain or whatever its called... And then in GKrellm my system name shows up as the localhost crap... How do i change this system name? Thanks and pardon my n00bness tonight...
 
Old 11-28-2004, 07:14 PM   #2
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This is all driven by your network config. If you type in 'hostname' at the command line, it echos what you have set in the Network properties.
 
Old 11-28-2004, 07:16 PM   #3
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Your hostname is set in
/etc/sysconfig/network
 
Old 11-28-2004, 08:05 PM   #4
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so how exactly do i chane it from terminal or wut?
 
Old 11-28-2004, 08:17 PM   #5
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See

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...84#post1312984

for where to change host name on a (simple desktop workstation) system.

If you use sendmail, it will enable sendmail to start up quickly. Even if you don't, it will change
your host name the way you want it changed.
 
Old 12-02-2004, 03:42 PM   #6
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Ok i did it from the GUI under Network config I just did mycomputername.workgroup (all my windows comp are on workgroup workgroup) and saved and restarted and it booted fine with no problems and under terminal title and login screen it shows it...... so its all good then and no editign files ?
 
Old 12-02-2004, 03:52 PM   #7
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Originally posted by TuxFreak
Ok i did it from the GUI under Network config I just did mycomputername.workgroup (all my windows comp are on workgroup workgroup) and saved and restarted and it booted fine with no problems and under terminal title and login screen it shows it...... so its all good then and no editign files ?
At this point, I would invoke that fine old injunction: "If it works, don't fix it." If you find any problem later, you can probably fix it manually. Keep a note of what files are involved and you can experiment and it won't hurt anything; the worst that will happen is that some things won't work till you change back to what you had before.

That's why I almost always COMMENT OUT lines to I know work, and then write my experimental lines underneath, with comments of their own so I can know five weeks later what the hell I was trying to do. You'd be surprised how much you can forget in just a couple of days especially if you're working on a bunch of other people's problems along with your own!

One of the first things that really gave me a sense of owning my own computer system (as opposed to my years with MS where I was LEASING for an extravagant amount of money the privilege to see computer crashes every day, sometimes every two hours) was seeing that name I gave my baby on top of gkrellm and in my shell prompt. It's a more friendly feeling!

So little things DO count. (That's why users are so passionate about their favorite window managers and desktop utilities.)

Good luck with YOUR computer. That's what Linux use is all about.
 
Old 12-02-2004, 03:59 PM   #8
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As I have about 12 computers... I tried chanfing the hostname on just a test comp if i screw anyhting over i can easily format it... now i hope the process goes smooth with the rest of the comps.
 
Old 12-02-2004, 04:26 PM   #9
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As long as you're not administering a network, but just using a personal workstation, the host name shouldn't cause any grave problems beyond slowdowns here and there.

Lucky dog, to have a dozen machines to play with! Do you also have a day job?
 
Old 12-02-2004, 04:40 PM   #10
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I dont have a dedicated 9 to 5 job, due to the poor US economy, but I rather own several ventures and do some private computer consulting work, which pays well and allows for all of the computers
 
  


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