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Old 10-16-2003, 01:52 PM   #1
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hostname question

ok, I have a real basic question here. When I installed slack 9.0 on my computer, during the configuration, it asked me for a host name, which I filled in, then it asked me for the host's domain, which I had no idea of. I have since gone out and bought 2 domain names and have assigned them to my IP addy. Are these the domains I should be using or what? It doesn't seem likely that that would matter, but what do I know?

right now my computer is, since I don't know what domain name to use. I also have a laptop running slack 9.0 and would eventually like to get things set up so I can log into my sever at home with my laptop out on the road. Will they both need to be on the same domain name for this to work, or how would I do that? Mainly I'm just curious about what domain name I should be using to start with when giving my computer it's host name, etc.

any help would be great, thanks!

Old 10-16-2003, 01:59 PM   #2
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if you want to lock in from the road you probably should point one domain to your ip/home pc that also makes webhosting easier but also your computer has to run a firewall because its muc easier to hack your site without,
if you dont have a domain or for your laptop you should use something like this:
host name: something you want your pc to be called e.d. harold,plant,....
host domain: normaly this is set to localhost if no special needs are given
Old 10-16-2003, 01:59 PM   #3
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if you have a static ip and are hosting your own domain and have dns, etc., then you may need to worry about it. if you get a dhcp ip from an isp then no worries. and as far as remote access that doesn't have anything to do with domain names. it is password-based. use ssh for remote access for security reasons. let me know if you need help with that. my email is
Old 10-16-2003, 01:59 PM   #4
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You don't really need to specify a domain.

Naming conventions are usually like:

So ou you are "wendallsan", your computer is called "mybox" and you own or work for "company". You may be called:

And so your computer would be:
Old 10-16-2003, 04:46 PM   #5
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cool, I guess it's good to know that it's not vitally important to have this set up for when I start working with networking my linux systems together. That's still a ways down the road, but that question has just been bugging me for a while now.

thanks again for the help!



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