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Old 02-09-2004, 03:02 AM   #1
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How do I keep the local name for the computer from being dynamically assigned by DHCP

How do I keep my ISP's DHCP server from assigning a seemingly random string of characters as my computer's hostname?
I'd prefer to have a welcome screen at the login that says something like "Welcome to Slick's Computer" instead of something like
"Welcome to X-372BD3SO-4D8C" or some other meaningless garbage. Dito for the prompts, which say "SLICKRCBD@X-347...".
Is there any way to change this? I found that modifying the "Hosts" file to assign a meaningful domain will work, but only until
my ISP decides to assign me a new IP number, at which point I lose internet access until I remove it.

I'm using Yellow Dog Linux on a PowerMac 6500. It's based off Red Hat, but for the Power PC processor.
Old 02-09-2004, 04:12 AM   #2
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You could set a cron job to run `hostname Slick\'s\ Computer`
Every minut. That way you would only lose internet contact for about a minut.
Old 02-09-2004, 10:20 AM   #3
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Edit /etc/issue and place what you want there. I believe that this should do it.
Old 03-04-2004, 12:11 AM   #4
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Originally posted by lone_nut
You could set a cron job to run `hostname Slick\'s\ Computer`
Every minut. That way you would only lose internet contact for about a minut.
The command by itself worked. How would I set it up so that the command
hostname SlicksComputer

is executed automatically prior to the login screen being brought up?


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