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Old 02-25-2005, 06:59 PM   #1
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hostname changing

When I boot up my computer I keep getting a different hostname. It may be one for a few times then it will switch to another hostname.

I am using RHL 9. My ISP uses DCHP for IP assignment.

I found the other thread under distributions about someone that had a problem with changing hostname. I cannot use netconfig to set the hostname because I do not have a static IP address. I do not have the file HOSTNAME on my computer.

The problem began after my wife visited a certain website which attempted to install a program on the computer. Since that time I have been having this problem with the hostname. I did not detect any virus when scanned. I did a search for the hostname that it usually reverts to but cannot find it in a search checking text files.

What are my possible sources of the problem and the solution?

Old 02-25-2005, 09:22 PM   #2
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did you try to edit :

---> /etc/sysconfig/network
that says:

Old 02-26-2005, 06:07 AM   #3
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/etc/sysconfig/network does not show the hostname that keeps appearing. That is why I am confused.

The hostname comes up as "B5R3S8" but I cannot find any reference to this hostname anywhere. All settings for hostname are localhost.localdomain.
Old 02-26-2005, 02:22 PM   #4
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Debian keeps hostname in '/etc/hostname'. Not sure about RH. You should also check '/etc/hosts' I don't think that is the problem.

Perhaps it helps.

Old 04-04-2005, 08:07 AM   #5
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Been there done that and still the hostname keeps changing on me. Right now it keeps changing between my MAC address and some name I have no idea where it is coming from. What is changing the hostname?


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