Tony Arnold tony.arnold at manchester.ac.uk
Sun Feb 10 13:15:36 UTC 2008


Karl Larsen wrote:
>     Getting back to karl-desktop. This is the 'hostname' given to my 
> system by the Ubuntu loader. To use the applications I want to the 
> 'hostname' has to change.
>     If I ping localhost I get:
> karl at karl-desktop:~$ ping localhost
> PING localhost ( 56(84) bytes of data.
> 64 bytes from localhost ( icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=0.041 ms
> which is perfect. But where do I get the localhost from? It is not 
> defined in /etc/host.conf like other Linux.

localhost is defined in /etc/hosts and is always The host
name (karl-desktop in your case) is defined in /etc/hostname. I'm not
sure what the impact of changing this would be though.

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