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associating names and addresses

Douglas & anyone else interested,

At Sun, 16 Mar 2008 20:12:44 -0400 Douglas Tutty wrote,
>> # /etc/hosts file
>>       peasthope.yi.org        joule   localhost
>                  ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>    this should be: localhost.localdomain	localhost
>if you don't own peasthope.yi.org, then I wouldn't use it even locally.

I recalled why I associated the machine name 
joule with  There is a message in 
the debian-user archive timestamped 
Thu, 11 Jan 2007 11:56:19 -0800 with subject
"complaint from Xfce about address configuration".

Summarizing briefly, the system was working with 
a static address and did not have resolvconf 
installed.  Then /etc/network/interfaces was  
changed to use dhcp.  Xfce then complained as 
specified in the message cited above and 
suggested "... adding computer to /etc/hosts 
on your system."  A reply to my query chastised 
slightly for asking here rather than in the 
Xfce ML and suggested "hostname".

So I put the host name with and Xfce 
stopped complaining.  Much later I installed 
resolvconf and made no connection to the earlier 

Well now I see that the correct solution to 
the original problem was to leave /etc/hosts 
with the line localhost.localdomain localhost
and install resolvconf.  Unfortunately, this 
was not recognized at the time and the message 
from Xfce was misleading.

Some maintainers work at their documentation 
and have complete and accurate man pages. 
Other documentation has abysmal deficiencies 
and errors.  This is probably the worst 
shortcoming of Debian at this time.

Best regards,       ... Peter E.

Desktops.OpenDoc  http://carnot.yi.org/

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