DHCP seems to set hostname = Mac address, doesn't reverse lookup
So my hostname is auto-set on boot to something like x1-06-00-00-de-xi etc, as I heard will happen as Mandrake's Control Centre told me - but my hostname used to be of the format:
octet1-octet2-octet3-octet4.cable.ubrx.isp.com (I had problems when I ran XP too, my hostname = my computer name) I've tried the hostname command as root, and that works temporarily, although, I won't always know my hostname, the whole point is that it's assigned automatically of course.
Any idea how I stop it being assigned an address like my MAC?
If I want to have proFTPd running, I have to run hostname octet1-octet2-octet3-octet4.cable.ubrx.isp.com and then start it, and amaroK fails to start up altogether, says it timed out trying to contact 'amaroK'. Not sure whether it means the aRts server (which is running anyway)
Distro = MDK10.0
WM = KDE 3.2
Connection = Cable broadband