unable to resolve host ...

Ray Parrish crp at cmc.net
Fri Nov 14 06:29:08 UTC 2008

Thanks! I had a hard time getting terminal to co-operate to get this 
done as you can see from the following output, but it finally let me 
start gedit in admin mode, and the changes to the hosts file have fixed 
the problem.

OOPS! Never mind pasting that output in here, it contained my password.

Later, Ray Parrish

Rashkae wrote:
> Ray Parrish wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I followed some instructions from another thread to install vnc packages 
>> so I can use Remote Desktop Viewer and got the following output from 
>> terminal. The line I'm worried about is - *sudo: unable to resolve host 
>> ray-desktop*.
>> Does this mean this install bombed. If not, why can it not resolve my 
>> local host and is this something I need to worry about?
> your install worked, but the messed up hostname can cause problems down
> the road.
> Check your /etc/hosts file, by default, it should contain something like:
>       localhost Horo
>       Horo
> In my case, Horo is my host name, yours should be ray-desktop
> You can also try setting your hostname from Ubuntu GUI (System ->
> Administration -> Network, General tab).  That should fix the hostname
> in all places Ubuntu expects it to be.
>> Later, Ray Parrish
>> ray at ray-desktop:~$ sudo apt-get install xtightvncviewer xvnc4viewer
>> sudo: unable to resolve host ray-desktop
>> [sudo] password for ray:
>> Reading package lists... Done
>> Building dependency tree      
>> Reading state information... Done
>> The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer 
>> required:
>>   python-zopeinterface python-twisted-core python-twisted-web python-elisa
>>   python-bluez python-pgm python-avahi python-mutagen python-daap
>>   python-pylirc libpigment0.3-4 python-setuptools python-pkg-resources
>>   python-gpod python-twisted-bin
>> Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
>> Suggested packages:
>>   ssh tightvncserver vnc4-common vnc-common
>> The following NEW packages will be installed:
>>   xtightvncviewer xvnc4viewer
>> 0 upgraded, 2 newly installed, 0 to remove and 17 not upgraded.
>> Need to get 204kB of archives.
>> After this operation, 598kB of additional disk space will be used.
>> Get:1 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com hardy/universe xtightvncviewer 
>> 1.2.9-22 [60.5kB]
>> Get:2 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com hardy/universe xvnc4viewer 
>> 4.1.1+xorg1.0.2-0ubuntu7 [143kB]
>> Fetched 204kB in 2s (82.8kB/s)    
>> Selecting previously deselected package xtightvncviewer.
>> (Reading database ... 187358 files and directories currently installed.)
>> Unpacking xtightvncviewer (from .../xtightvncviewer_1.2.9-22_i386.deb) ...
>> Selecting previously deselected package xvnc4viewer.
>> Unpacking xvnc4viewer (from 
>> .../xvnc4viewer_4.1.1+xorg1.0.2-0ubuntu7_i386.deb) ...
>> Setting up xtightvncviewer (1.2.9-22) ...
>> Setting up xvnc4viewer (4.1.1+xorg1.0.2-0ubuntu7) ...
>> ray at ray-desktop:~$

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