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Old 01-09-2004, 03:17 PM   #1
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Question How do i change my computer name at the welcome screen?

I just installed redhat 9 and after boot up i get "welcome x1-6-00-d0-09-e9-f1-f7" i dont know how to change it! then when i try to log in i get
"Could not look up internet address for x1-6-00-d0-09-e9-f1-f7.
This will prevent GNOME from operating correctly.
It may be possible to correct the problem by adding
x1-6-00-d0-09-e9-f1-f7 to the file /etc/hosts."

i did that but nothing happened.
the strange thing is i nstalled the same version of rh9 on my buddy computer and his computer name localhost.localdomain and his system doesn't have a probblem with httpd startup like mine!

i wanna use localhost.localdomain or something like it!

i want it to say "welcome localhost.localdomain"
and maybe it will fix my apache problem too!
any help would be great

Old 01-09-2004, 03:43 PM   #2
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edit /etc/hosts

You might get some luck editing your /etc/hosts file with a localhost ip instead of the hex string below. It looks like a MAC address, but upon further review it wasn't.

If you can get to vi, then use it to modify your /etc/hosts file like below

[vikram localhost]$ more /etc/hosts
# Do not remove the following line, or various programs
# that require network functionality will fail. localhost.localdomain localhost

Hope this helps,
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Edit the /etc/sysconfig/network file. Change hostname=

The host file just resolves an IP address to name.

It looks like that x... is your nic mac address.


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