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Old 04-27-2004, 06:35 PM   #1
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What does this error mean?

Can someone tell me what to do about this please? It pops up every time I boot up.

Could not look up internet address for dhcppc2.
This will prevent GNOME from operating correctly.
It may be possible to correct the problem by adding
dhcppc2 to the file /etc/hosts.
Old 04-27-2004, 06:45 PM   #2
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GNOME appears to be trying to connect to a host called dhcppc2. I don't know why however I would check DHCP settings (based on the hostname) or add dhcppc2 to the list of hostnames for (loopback address) in /etc/hosts like this: localhost localhost.localdomain dhcppc2

Whilst this isn't the nicest fix, it should make the error disappear and I take it that you haven't been experiencing any trouble with GNOME - despite the warning. Unfortunately I can't be more specific without more information. e.g. What distribution are you running and do you use DHCP (or even have a network)?
Old 05-12-2004, 10:20 AM   #3
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I get the same error

I am using Mandrake 8.2 with GNOME 1.4 on my LameTop. It is not a Mandrake problem because I got it to work just fine on my PC. The laptop is older, slower and has less memory. It is a Compaq Presario 1681.

This error occured on a FRESH INSTALL.

I will try your patch now.


Last edited by LogicMagic; 05-12-2004 at 10:51 AM.
Old 06-08-2004, 02:43 PM   #4
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I don't know if this will help but I editied my /etc/hosts file so it has the following in it: localhost localhost.localdomain localhost localhost localhost.localdomain dhcppc3

and I no longer get the message:

“Could not look up internet address for dhcppc3. This will prevent GNOME from operating correctly. In maybe possible to correct the problem by adding dhcppc3 to the file /ect/hosts”

whenever I start up "startx".

I am a linux noob ( 1 month with three installs under my belt on the same machine. Whew. I hope this is stable now.)

RH Linux release 9 (Shrike)
Kernel 2.4.20-8 on an i686



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