Naming my computer on a LAN

jeremy at jeremy at
Fri Sep 14 16:23:06 EST 2001

On 14 Sep, Gartside, Andrew wrote:
> I'm using RedHat 7.1, purely in text mode (no GUI packages installed).
> I'm connected to a LAN, but have not configured proxy servers yet.
> Nevertheless, I can ping my machine using its IP address and can open
> shared files on the LAN. Nothing I do, however, seems sucessful in
> giving my machine a domain name. Assume I'm logged in as root:

You need to change the configuration of the DNS server.

> /etc/init.d/boot are invoked and that they read from the /etc/hostname
> file to determine the name of the host machine. The trouble is, none
> of these files exist on my machine at all - certainly not in those
> directory locations! I tried creating /etc/hostname as a text file
> with my machine's full domain name in it. Made no difference. Can
> anyone tell me what to do next? The DNS is a W2K system. I installed
> RedHat from a download onto a Pentium II, choosing the basic packages
> (sans GUI's). This is a fresh install with new partitions. Also, where
> do I start in configuring proxy servers for mail and internet access,
> please? (even a command to look up in the man pages would help). 
> Thanks Andrew Gartside

Go to /usr/share/doc/HOWTO and read the NET-3-HOWTO and the

If you don't have the HOWTOs, install them.

or go to

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A bit or byte to read or write,
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