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Old 08-13-2005, 05:16 PM   #1
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problem with computer name

whe i first get into my system the name of the system always shows up as local host.
I tried modifying r.sysinit to include howtname -F <file_with_computer_name>

but even after this the name still shows up as localhost.

I had to manually run the hostname to force the computer name.

This also confuses samba server which comes on at bootup.
I found that afte i force the host name , if i stop and restart the samba server it gets the correct name and the windows machines are then able to access the linux machine.

is there any way I can force my computer name during early boot up?

Old 08-13-2005, 07:23 PM   #2
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If you had named the system initially with a unique name and wanted to change it, then you could just search for all occurrences of the name in /etc and modify any file containing the name, unless you named it something like “local”.

Unfortunately, there are lots of “localhost” occurrences in /etc that should not be changed, so you cannot blindly go through and substitute the new name for localhost.
Old 08-14-2005, 07:11 AM   #3
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I've done this a couple of times simply running "hostname wardlemonger-2" and adding a line like this to my /etc/hosts
Code:         wardlemonger-2 wardlemonger-2.WORKGROUP
where wardlemonger-2 is the new hostname you want, and WORKGROUP is the samba workgroup.
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modification of /etc/hosts did not help. It seemed to be getting eh name localhost form somewhere. I am running mandrake 10.2

only gnome complained something about not getting localhost
Old 08-15-2005, 07:50 AM   #5
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found this by googling "how to change hostname linux". hope it helps.


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