What's the cause / reason of: "unable to resolve host WS24 !?

David Curtis dcurtis at uniserve.com
Sat Apr 26 21:49:23 UTC 2008

Marius Gedminas wrote:
> On Sat, Apr 26, 2008 at 08:53:07AM +0800, SYNass IT Ubuntu / Linux wrote:
>> On Sat, 2008-04-26 at 12:31 +1200, Tim wrote:
>>> On Fri, 2008-04-25 at 20:56 +0800, SYNass IT Ubuntu / Linux wrote:
>>>> Hi Linux / Ubuntu experts and cracks
>>>> My wife's notebook has Hardy 8.04-RC / LTS installed.
>>>> At systemboot menu.lst shows 2 sets of bootables and 
>>>> I wanted to mark one of the sets with # to avoid displaying.
>>>> This happens:
>>>> xyz at WS24:~$ sudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst
>>>> sudo: unable to resolve host WS24
>>>> xyz at WS24:~$
>>> Can you run other commands via sudo?  The error suggests
>>> that /etc/sudoers has a reference to an unknown host in it.
>>> Are you sure about the error message -the subject line references WS24,
>>> an d so do the shell prompts in the text, but the error message above
>>> references WS123 (have you edited the host name in the messages?)
>> Thanks and sorry, Tim !
>> My mistake & typo, all should be and are WS24 !!
> sudo is very unhappy if it cannot resolve the system hostname.  The fix
> is to make sure /etc/hosts has an entry for the hostname.  In your case
> the top of the file should look like this:
>	localhost
>	WS24
> Now, editing /etc/hosts is difficult if sudo doesn't work for you.  You
> may need to boot in rescue mode to get a root shell and use a text-mode
> editor (nano is simple and user-friendly, vi is complex and beloved by
> experienced admins).
> Cheers,
> Marius Gedminas

It has been reported in lauchpad and the forums that 'gksu gedit 
/etc/hosts' should work. Also from the menu: System > Administration > 
Network > Hosts.

I don't have this problem, so if the above is incorrect please inform.



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