Re: WORKAROUND Re: Cannot change hostname permanently
Kent West wrote:
Chris Lale wrote:
A workaround is to change the hostname by editing /etc/hostname directly.
# echo desktop > /etc/hostname
Yes. I understood from the original posting that the "/etc/hostname" was
being changed manually by the OP. If that's not the case, that's the
problem. This file must be changed manually.
I did try both manual change and the hostname command originally, but
perhaps I did not reboot in each case - I can't remember. Subsequently,
I have found that manually changing /etc/hostname does work, but using
the hostname command does not work correctly. The hostname command
appears to work (the hostname command reports the new hostname and a new
login shows the new hostname in the prompt) but /etc/hostname retains
the original name. Consequently, when /etc/init.d/hostname.sh is started
(eg at boot) the old name is set as the hostname.
Also, the system seems slow and unresponsive after the name is changed
with the hostname command. Eg applications from the Gnome desktop menu
will not open.