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Sneblot 11th September 2009 00:32

Problem with network configuration.
I have ran into a problem whilst following a tutorial showing me how to set up a debian server the problem I have is configuring the network. Ok I have done this so far

vi /etc/network/interfaces

# This file describes the network interfaces available on your system
# and how to activate them. For more information, see interfaces(5).

# The loopback network interface
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

# The primary network interface
auto eth0
iface eth0 inet static
address 'set to server static ip'
network 'set to my home network'
broadcast 'set'
gateway 'set'

Then restart your network:

/etc/init.d/networking restart

Then edit /etc/hosts. Make it look like this:

vi /etc/hosts localhost.localdomain localhost 'set to domain and server name'

# The following lines are desirable for IPv6 capable hosts
::1 localhost ip6-localhost ip6-loopback
fe00::0 ip6-localnet
ff00::0 ip6-mcastprefix
ff02::1 ip6-allnodes
ff02::2 ip6-allrouters
ff02::3 ip6-allhosts

Its now asking me to run this command but when I try to nothing happens

Now run

echo 'my server address' > /etc/hostname
/etc/init.d/ start
> Then it says to run this command
> hostname
> hostname -f

hostname command displays the hostname but when I run hostname -f it says hostname look up failure.

Is there any reason for this am I missing out a step?

The tutoril I am following is the howtoforge one.

falko 11th September 2009 14:57

Do you use the same IP in /etc/hosts that you use in /etc/network/interfaces?

Sneblot 11th September 2009 19:19

Yep same ip address but Im going to re-install and see if I get stuck at the same place again. Then I'll repoer back

bajodel 13th September 2009 08:11


Originally Posted by Sneblot (Post 203934)
echo 'my server address' > /etc/hostname

in hostname put the 'hostname', not the ip ..

# echo [hostname] > /etc/hostname

but it's not effective until reboot.. so manually do also..

# hostname [hostname]



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