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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 9:06 pm    Post subject: [SOLVED] Another boot error to fix: Hostname? - Beginner Reply with quote

In trying to learn as much and as fast as I can, to take care of the Gentoo server I inherited, I scrolled through the messages as Gentoo boots up. I see the following:

You should stop using /etc/hostname and use /etc/conf.d/hostname

What does this mean? and how do I fix it?

PS. I love what I learn here. THANK YOU. I was always root before. From reading here, I see that is bad thing. Well I managed to add a user. I could not su to root, but I fixed this with the FAQ SA2 by adding myself to the wheel group and fixed the permissions in root!

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello,
if you want to learn very fast, one of the best things to do is to read the Gentoo official documentation. In this case, I suggest this chapter of the installation manual.

Have a look at the other documents, too. For example the ones that deal with portage.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a look in /etc/hostname and found the machine's name "gentoo". I also looked in /etc/conf.d/hostname and found HOSTNAME = "gentoo"

So does this mean that I should delete the file /etc/hostname or remove the word gentoo from it instead.

On your suggestion, I did read the chapter 8 you referenced, the first part about a network. Thank you. It looks to me that /etc/conf.d/hostname is set up correctly, but that does not tell me what to do with /etc/hostname.

Please could I get advice about this? Thanks.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MTUser2007 wrote:
You should stop using /etc/hostname and use /etc/conf.d/hostname
What does this mean? and how do I fix it?
It means that you should stop using /etc/hostname and use /etc/conf.d/hostname instead :-). Your Gentoo box has a hostname, doesn't it? It appears on your command line prompt, usually like this:
Code:
user@hostname ~$
On many Linux distros, that hostname is expected to be found in the file /etc/hostname. This was the case on Gentoo, too, but it is now deprecated. The preferred and future proof style is now to have the hostname in /etc/conf.d/hostname.
As root, just do
Code:
# mv /etc/hostname /etc/conf.d/hostname
# /etc/init.d/hostname restart
The message should disappear.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ooops, you seem to have posted while I was writing. Yes, you can savely remove /etc/hostneme. If you run /etc/init.d/hostname after that, you can verify that everything is okay: actually, it's that init-script that outputted the message.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for the help. I am all set now.
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