Adding or editing an entry in /etc/hosts
ff809 at ncf.ca
Sat Jan 6 02:45:36 UTC 2007
New to using ubuntu having just plunked it into place on my machine today as one
side of a dual-boot setup, and I'm getting an error on startup saying it can't
find the hostname I set during the install. When I try to do something with the
sudo command I get the error spit back:
unable to lookup ubuntu via gethostbyname()
I take it I have to modify /etc/hosts. I can view it using the text editor on
the desktop but of course it is read only.
It contains one line that reads:
I'm guessing it should read:
127.0.0.1 localhost ubuntu
I have no problem working from a command line. (God Lord. My OS experience on
the other side of the fence goes back to DOS 3 in MS and PC variants.) I've
figured out how to log on as root and use the command line to change to /etc,
but from there I'm lost as to what commands to use. Tried a google hunt but
nothing useful seemed to turn up.
Any tips, advice, or help in general to solve and get past this would be much
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