localhost or LAN addresses in /etc/hosts

Bart Silverstrim bsilver at chrononomicon.com
Tue Dec 16 17:06:34 UTC 2008

Rashkae wrote:
> Bart Silverstrim wrote:
>> Rashkae wrote:
>>> Chris G wrote:
>>>> On Tue, Dec 16, 2008 at 08:50:54AM -0500, Bart Silverstrim wrote:
>>>>> NoOp wrote:
>>>>>> For others that advocate DHCP on a small local network:
>>>>>> The advantages of static IP's in a small local network are even more
>>>>>> evident when you use VPN's, VNC, or a central printer - particularly if
>>>>>> you use IPP to connect to the printer.
>>>>> I don't suppose the network-manager bugs have been fixed yet, have they? 
>>>>> On my machine after upgrading to 8.10 I could no longer use a static IP!
>>>>> THAT is a PITA!
>>>> It worked for me, I think I had to 'persuade' network-manager a bit
>>>> but it made it in the end.
>>> The easiest way to persuade network manager is about anything is to
>>> uninstall it.
>> I'm sure there are various ways to do it, but what is the best practice 
>> for configuring the network after that? Just editing the /etc files by hand?
> My old habits of putting ifconfig and route add commands into rc.local
> notwithstanding?
> Ubuntu comes with an awesome network configuration GUI, accessed through
> System -> Administration -> Network.  The settings here should be
> intuitively simple for anyone who has ever networked Win 95 through to
> Win XP as well as Macintosh.  This will take care of the
> /etc/network/interfaces, /etc/hostname /etc/hosts (at least, for the
> localhost entries) /etc/resolv.conf etc.  This GUI tool still works once
> you rip out Network Manager.  (I had difficulty setting up ADSL with
> this GUI in Hardy.  However, there were some ISP issues that had to be
> addressed, and I never bothered going back and trying again once I had
> it working manually.)

Okay, I was thinking that utility was tied to network manager. 
Apparently the bug...which I think was discussed on the list...that 
kills static IP's on some systems is linked to network manager and 
network manager isn't the network admin tool in the menus that I thought 
it was.

I'll have to remove network manager and see if I configure to a static 
IP again.

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