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Re: Compaq Mouse vs PPP vs hostname

On Mon, 24 Nov 1997, Hogland, Thomas E. wrote:

> Also, the system refuses to take a hostname. I've reinstalled it several
> times (I'm using it as a training tool) and it seems to alternate
> between "UNKNOWN_13" and "(none)". Typing "hostname DLinux" to set the
> name (or just "hostname") gives "hostname: command not found". PPP seems
> to be quite flaky on this system - would this affect the connection
> stability?

>From user
$ hostname Dlinux
hostname: you must be root to change the host name

The program should be /bin/hostname
As far as it is alternating, you might want to check your /etc/ppp/ip-up
file (and /etc/ppp/ip-down).  My (non-stock) setup changes my
hostname to match with what my ISP says has designame for my dynamic IP.
Also, if you reboot your machine the hostname is retrieved from

This can have some effect on your machine for some situations.  For
instance, ytalk does not work right if the hostname does not match
that given by
/usr/bin/host THE_IP_NUMBER.

Mark W. Blunier

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