Machine name: localhost

David Abrahams dave at
Sat Sep 9 20:32:42 UTC 2006

"Eamonn Sullivan" <eamonn.sullivan at> writes:

> On 9/9/06, David Abrahams <dave at> wrote:
>> "Eamonn Sullivan" <eamonn.sullivan at> writes:
>> >
>> > localhost is a standard name.
>> Sure.
>> > You want it in there.
>> Hmm, not so sure about that.  Whatever is sticking it on every line of
>> /var/log/syslog, at least, expects to find a more useful name I'm
>> sure.  Every machine is localhost to itself.  I'm pretty sure those
>> syslogs are supposed to identify the machine usefully.
>> > What are you using
>> > to send the email? It looks like (from above) that you're using emacs,
>> > is that correct?
>> Gnus/emacs.  And I have used it successfully it to send through that
>> server for years (from NTEmacs, i.e. on a windoze box).  I never see
>> localhost in my mail headers sent from that machine, even when mail
>> comes back to me for whatever reason.
> Well, nonetheless, my /var/log/syslog has mostly "localhost" in it,
> too, and I can send email from emacs without any problems. 

That doesn't really tell us anything.  So can I... when I'm talking to
the right server.

Hmm, some of my emails are going through just fine.  I'll have to
spend a little more time diagnosing this before I start dumping bogus
info to this list.  Sorry about that.

> Below is the headers from a test message from Rmail to my google
> account.  There's a localhost or two in there, but it was
> accepted. Perhaps there's a configuration option in Windows that you
> need to also make on emacs on Linux?

No, I send from Linux all the time without problems.  I just happen to
be roaming now and I'm seeing failures.

Dave Abrahams
Boost Consulting

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