Debian upgrade gone wrong - hostname: Name or service not known

William O'Higgins Witteman william.ohiggins-H217xnMUJC0sA/PxXw9srA at
Wed Nov 4 19:57:58 UTC 2009

On Tue, Nov 03, 2009 at 04:24:06PM -0500, Madison Kelly wrote:
>William O'Higgins Witteman wrote:
>>I have encountered one of the rare occasions where a Debian upgrade goes

>Check that '/etc/hostname' contains just the name of your system
>followed by a new line and nothing else. Then try running 'hostname
><machinename>' and hit enter. Then try again.

Interestingly, though I got around this problem by stomping on netatalk,
it is still broken and causing problems with amavis.


# hostname 
  returns the subdomain (this machine is a subdomain - this is as expected)

# hostname --fqdn [-f]
  returns hostname: Name or service not known

/etc/hosts looks fine, as does /etc/hostname

This stopped working because of a dist-upgrade, no changes to any

How does "hostname" work?  Why could it be barfing?  Thanks again.



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