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Old 11-19-2003, 05:04 PM   #1
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Apache: httpd: Could not determine the server's fully qualified domain name..


I keep getting the same message upon trying to start Apache:

httpd: Could not determine the server's fully qualified domain name, using for ServerName

While this is annoying, I noticed it began happening after I attempted to rename the computer from "localhost". I tried going back to edit those files to fix what I did, but I couldn't remember what I changed, and shame on me, didn't back them up in the first place.

In addition, sendmail takes 2-3 minutes to start (by itself, nevermind the rest of startup) after I changed these. I don't know how to fix it, either by changing Apache or changing back my original network files.

Old 11-20-2003, 04:47 AM   #2
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Of course, since you changed the name of your server, both Apache and Sendmail are having issues resolving the new name. Please alter the following files:

/etc/sysconfig/network (You will see "HOSTNAME")


Apache will compare the hostname with the "ServerName" option in your httpd.conf file. If the hostname and ServerName differ, you will receive the "httpd: Could not determine the server's fully qualified domain name, using for ServerName" message.


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