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

William O'Higgins Witteman william.ohiggins-H217xnMUJC0sA/PxXw9srA at
Wed Nov 4 20:07:58 UTC 2009

On Wed, Nov 04, 2009 at 02:57:58PM -0500, William O'Higgins Witteman wrote:
>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.

Amusing sidebar - Python is not having any trouble figuring out my

>>> import socket
>>> socket.gethostname()
>>> socket.getfqdn()

As a side question, why is the 2nd level and top level domain repeated?




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