dhcp vs gnome?

Jack Howarth howarth at bromo.msbb.uc.edu
Thu Jun 24 14:10:15 UTC 2004

     The /etc/hosts file already has a localhost entry for As for adding the actual hostname and ip address
to /etc/hosts, that is impossible with dhcp since the host
name will change constantly. Actually that leads to another
question. Assuming that the gnome desktop requires the
ability to dns the hostname of the machine it is running on,
how does it cope with the following situation. You boot
the machine up on a network with dhcp and receive an ip address
and hostname. Then after logging into gnome, the machine is
given a new ip address and hostname when the dhcp lease expires.
Is gnome capable of dealing with that on the fly? Does one have
to just logout to update gnome on the new ip address or do you
have to reboot?

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