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Old 10-03-2004, 03:10 PM   #1
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how to setup a hostname in linux - need help


How to setup a hostname in linux RH 9.0? The reason I am trying to do this is right now I am accessing linux using its IPaddress. I want give a name to it and use the name to access linux from other machine. I don't know how to configure the host name. Could you please help me do it. Thanks.

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Old 10-03-2004, 03:19 PM   #2
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go to the computer (the you use to connect to the computer you want to give a host name to)

then edit this file as root

/etc/hosts

simply add a new line with the ip address of the computer, then a space, then put a host name there
 
Old 10-03-2004, 03:20 PM   #3
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Use the hostname command to set the hostname (run it from rc.local or set it in the network configuration to make it stick between boots). However, setting a hostname on one machine does not make it so that your other machines magically know about it. To do that, you must either set up DNS (probably overkill, unless you have a lot of hosts) or add it to the /etc/hosts file on all of the remote systems.
 
Old 10-03-2004, 03:35 PM   #4
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thanks SciYro,

I did adding ip address and a hostname on \etc\hosts file. But if I ping the host name from my laptop it doesn't respond. But if I ping same IP address from my laptop it responds. What should I do now?

Thanks,
Tej
 
Old 10-03-2004, 04:53 PM   #5
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try this command

echo 192.168.0.1 newhost >> /etc/hosts

as root, replace 192.168.0.1 with the ip of the computer to connect to, then

ping newhost

should work .. works for me without a hitch
 
  


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