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Redhat Question

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I don't feel so bad about asking this now that i've read the Redhat WiFi thread that bland_inquisitor posted.

I'm a linux noobie for sure. I'm reading, experimenting and plodding along. Here is my question for anyone - i believe the install was successful but when the GUI starts i get the following error message

"Could not look up internet address for xx-x-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx. (my MAC address) This will prevent gnome from operating correctly. It may be possible to correct teh problem by adding xx-x-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx to the file /etc/hosts."

I have a cable modem and Redhat 8.0. Since i'm new to this i can't tell what is not "operating correctly." IMozilla works fine, that is what i'm using right now. I'm want to know how to get rid of that message. What exactly would i add the the /etc/hosts file? The MAC address? Something to allow dynamic IP addresses?

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Hmm I've got that before. It shouldn't be referring to your MAC address though :blink:

edit /etc/hosts and you will probably see something like:

127.0.0.1[TAB]localhost[TAB]localhost.my.domain

GNOME is tripping up on the "localhost.my.domain" part. Like say I named my machine "smackdatass" and that I use cox.net I would change the line above to look like:

127.0.0.1[TAB]smackdatass[TAB]smackdatass.ph.cox.net

just replace that with your information and hopefully GNOME will stop bitching at you :).

-Edit-

The board doesn't like me using whitespace so I'll put [TAB] in the above examples

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So i fixed the error message at the gnome startup. But i couldn't figure out how to rename my computer to something simply so it had to look like this -

127.0.0.1 xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx.xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx.net

How does one rename your linux box? I don't think Redhat asked for a computer name at startup so i don't know where that alphanumeric name came from.

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If you use DHCP, you'll get your hostname from your ISP.

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Sometimes Gnome will complain if your /etc/hosts doesnt include the info it wants.. then again thats already been said.. did you try it anyway?

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