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Old 01-18-2005, 08:06 PM   #1
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Hostname question

This is probably a stupid question but....

doesnt the 'hostname' command apply a hostname that is the same to all interfaces?

If I am using fedora core 3, how could I change the hostname for different interfaces?

like eth0 having a hostname of wireless-john
and eth1 having a hostname of ethernet-john

maybe this is different in linux but cant you just specify a hostname without a domain like in windows?

maybe there is somthing im not getting, but I would like a hostname to match that in our schools DHCP server for each interface and not just one hostname

thanks -john

:Edit when I do use the hostname command I then cant edit my /etc/hosts becouse whenI do from any program I get Xlib connection to ":0.0" refused by server No protocol specified ?

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Old 01-18-2005, 08:59 PM   #2
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I'm not sure exactly what your looking for here, but I'll try and explain to you how it works using my machines as an example.

I've got 7 machines.

They have the following hostnames:


All of these machines have the same dnsdomainname (lets say it is

Now, from any machine on the internet points to my machine named peter. If i'm logged into quagmire and I ssh to peter (without the domain name) it will automatically search the DNS records for my domain and find peter.

What you basically need to do is put the local IP's and hostnames of your machines on the local DNS server so you can access all your machines locally without using domain names or ip's.


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