Apache: ServerName - dumb question...

Apache: ServerName - dumb question...

Post by Stephen F Donnell » Wed, 21 May 1997 04:00:00


Here's a dumb question:

I have apache at home, on a dial up connection, dynamic IP, Slackware
3.1, newish kernel etc. I have changed the configs a little, and now
when I try to start the Apache httpd, it reports "httpd: cannot
determine local host name."

How does the daemon determine the local host name, and where do I set it
in the IP setup?

Sorry this isn't a strictly Apache question, I assume it's a linux IP
problem. Please email replies too...

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I've got three different Redhat 7.1 boxes that I'm trying to get to use the
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It's really bizzare, because all of these machines are behaving as if I
haven't put in the servername directive at all (it just keeps whatever
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This happens even with a virgin system that has simply turned on Apache and
has put in the ServerName directive.

For example, I just put in:
ServerName [my ip address here]

Then, I made an entry into my /etc/hosts file that gives my server a name.
Then if I type in http://[servername] in my browser, I end up keeping the
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