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Re: Strange new message at log on.



** Reply to message from "Eric Diamond" <eric ediamond net> on Mon, 10 May 2004
22:22:43 -0600

> Monday, May 10, 2004 4:18 PM Erik P. Olsen asked:
> > I have suddenly begun to receive the following message box at 
> > log on. It happens for any user except root:
> 
> The key is that it happens with all non-root users... 

Yoa are so right. In the wisdom of hindsight I see clearly what was wrong.
Comming from a single user system I am not so used to think of the permissions
of files :-)
> 
> > Could not look up internet address for epohost.epo.dk.
> > This will prevent GNOME from operating correctly.
> > It may be possible to correct the problem by adding 
> > epohost.epo.dk to the file /etc/hosts.
> 
> Gnome needs to be able to resolve the hostname to an address for it to
> function correcty.
>  
> > 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.
> 
> Probably not an update, unless it changed the permissions on /etc/hosts.
> This sounds like /etc/hosts is only root readable.

Right on, that was the problem. Thanks for opening my eyes.

[snip]

-- 
Regards,
Erik P. Olsen



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