Open Source Software and Linux

Feb 5 2009   5:18PM GMT

Setting the qualified and loghost name for Solaris 10

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

After installing Solaris 10 for the first time I noticed that I was getting messages on boot referring to the loghost and qualified host name as not resolvable.

After some digging around I came with the solutions to these messages. As so often happens the fix for the problem is quick and simple relative to the time it takes to find the answer

The loghost could not be resolved problem arises from the /etc/inet/hosts file. You simply need to append loghost to the ::1 localhost and localhost entries.

The My unqualified host name (sol10) unknown; sleeping for retry message is resolved by putting the FQDN into the /etc/nodename file:


What puzzles me is why this is not setup during the install phase. They do ask for the hostname of the machine which would fix the sendmail problem. Apparently loghost is standard part of the Solaris 10 OS so why not put it in the hosts file when it is created?

You should also be aware that when you open the hosts file it will be read only even if you are root. If you are using vi to edit the file make your edits and close it with :wq!. That way it will be saved without changing the permissions.. Changing default permissions on these files is not a good idea.


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