Hostname not found

Jan Stifter j.stifter at
Mon Oct 1 07:55:26 PDT 2001

On Mon, 1 Oct 2001 16:47:20 +0200, f_bachmann at (Florian
Bachmann) wrote:

>On Monday 01 October 2001 13:07, you wrote:
>> hello,
>> whenever I start X, the system prints "Hostname lookup error" or
>> something like this (I am writing this from my brain).
>> My .xinitrc has only one line (startkde). This problem also occurs
>> with blackbox, so I assume, it is X related and not windowmanager
>> related.
>> Any hints?
>> Jan
>This is just a guess, but the error message you get may be related to the old 
>hostname program oddity - there are actually two hostname programs, one from 
>the GNU sh-utils package and one from net-tools. Only the latter understands 
>the command line switches used by the startx script that is part of XFree86, 
>the other will set your hostname to something like "-f". To verify this, 
>launch your X session, then type in hostname in a shell. If the reported 
>hostname is something like "-f", you are using the wrong hostname program.

No, it is not this type of matter, unfortunately, otherwise, I would
have read the faq and would have solved the problem - thanks for
helping anyway :-)


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