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Old 03-22-2004, 06:33 AM   #1
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Question What's in a name?


How do you change the name of your computer?

(i.e. From "localhost" to "flagship") or at least get it to call up the server when you type http://flagship in stead of having to type http://localhost

This way I can link to my linux machine by name
 
Old 03-22-2004, 07:06 AM   #2
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quick and dirty: update /etc/hosts or /etc/hostname to the name you want
 
Old 03-22-2004, 10:11 AM   #3
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there is also the
Code:
hostname
that you can run as root. Just type
Code:
hostname new-hostname-here
and you should be all set
 
Old 03-22-2004, 10:21 AM   #4
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Talking

wasn't sure about the syntax so i stuck to the editing of the file. that method will work, but edit the file if you want, just so that it is permanent
 
Old 03-22-2004, 05:44 PM   #5
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I tried useing the "hostname name_I_wanted" command. it didnt spit out an error or anything so I thought it took but nothing changed. even after a reboot it's still localhost.

I looked in /etc but did not see a hostname file, do I have to create it?

in my /etc/rc.sysinit file, I saw this ...

HOSTNAME='/bin/hostname'
<snip>
if [ -z "$HOSTNAME" -o "$HOSTNAME" = "(none)" ]; then
HOSTNAME=localhost

does that mean I should edit /bin/hostname and not /etc/hostname? it looks like some kind of script.

if I create a /etc/hostname file, do I just put a line with my desired name in it? or name= or what?

in my /etc/hosts , I have ...

127.0.0.1 localhost

do I just change local host to the name I want?

Hey, so I'm a newb and have lots of questions so thanks for your answers.

dworkin
 
Old 03-22-2004, 08:00 PM   #6
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Quote:
in my /etc/hosts , I have ...

127.0.0.1 localhost

do I just change local host to the name I want?
You can add a line below it like:
127.0.0.1 flagship

You might also be able to change the first line to read:
127.0.0.1 localhost flagship
 
Old 03-23-2004, 02:30 AM   #7
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If you don't have an /etc/hostname already, create a world readable plain text file with the name of the system as the only contents. Then edit your /etc/hosts file. My localhost entry looks like this ("baron" is the hostname):
Code:
127.0.0.1       localhost               baron

Håkan
 
Old 03-24-2004, 09:34 AM   #8
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Thanks, much apreciated!
 
  


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