Strange new message at log on.

Erik P. Olsen erik at
Mon May 10 22:18:05 UTC 2004

I have suddenly begun to receive the following message box at log on. It
happens for any user except root:

Could not look up internet address for
This will prevent GNOME from operating correctly.
It may be possible to correct the problem by adding to
the file /etc/hosts.

The domain name has all the time been in /etc/hosts, so I suspect the
problem has come after applying a recent update. I think I updated an
ip<something> package just before I first saw the message pop-up.

Am I right in assuming that /etc/hosts functions as a sort of local DNS
which in this case would associate with
Because this would also explain why hylafax has stopped sending faxes
whereas it can easily receive faxes.

Have others also experienced this problem and perhaps designed a fix or
circumvention for it?

Erik P. Olsen

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