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the problem is that I dont know why my local hostname is set to an IP adress which was assigned by the ISP
I dont want an ip address as the name of my localhost, I want my name to be the name of the localhost.
I want to change my local hostname from the IP adress which was assigned i.e cpe_144-136.. to myname.HOME
Distribution: debian, gentoo, os x (darwin), ubuntu
your adsl modem seems to be connected directly to your computer (such as a usb modem)
your isp will generally hand out a dns name though you might be able to not accept this when it is offered... 'm not sure, but i believe you could have a look in your dhcp client man page
"cpe-144-136-111-xxx" will be the name of the modem (as well as it's IP). If the modem is connected directly to the computer (via USB as suggested or otherwise) then this must be the name of the computer too. Otheriwse, how is the computer to see anything in the modem?
(Though I'm wondering if this name can be an alias name instead? But it would appear that setting up a DNS server would do the trick.)
Generally, if you plug the modem in through a ethernet nic, then you can keep your hostname whatever you want and just set DHCP.