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    Red face Karmic: Computer Name Change GUI

    How do you change your computers name in Karmin (GUI style please)?
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    Re: Karmic: Computer Name Change GUI

    anyone??
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    Re: Karmic: Computer Name Change GUI

    If you actually mean hostnames of the computer then it is easy to change.(Hostname is the name by which you are identified on a network. Run the command hostname to see your hostname).

    Now, in order to change it you will have to edit /etc/hostname file
    use gedit to open it.

    Code:
    sudo gedit /etc/hostname
    and put whatever name you want.
    you might need a restart after editing the file...
    I am not sure if this method really works in Karmic but this is a proper method for Debian systems so it should work.

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    Re: Karmic: Computer Name Change GUI

    Quote Originally Posted by Hozza View Post
    anyone??
    I have a fresh install of 9.10 in Virtualbox and I just looked through all the menus. I don't see any way to change the computer name with a gui. Best option at this point is to use the terminal application.

    Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal

    Type: sudo gedit /etc/hostname
    Enter your password

    There should be a single line with the hostname. Modify this line and save the file.

    You might need to modify the /etc/hosts file to reflect the name change but I'm not positive on that. I usually do for consistency but I'm not sure on the necessity.

    I feel a GUI to facilitate this change is a pretty basic item...

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    Re: Karmic: Computer Name Change GUI

    Quote Originally Posted by rickyjones View Post
    I feel a GUI to facilitate this change is a pretty basic item...
    Indeed there was one once, in 8.04 if memory serves me correctly. Why they took it away is anyones guess!

    I've just had a quick search for it - just install gnome-network-admin

    Then go to System>Administration>Network and you can change it on the "General" tab.




    EDIT: I've just downloaded and tested this package on 9.10, and it simply didn't work. Well, I guess that kinda answers the question as to why it isn't included in a default install any more!

    Just a shame that this package wasn't updated and was just thrown on the scrapheap when there was no other replacement for this functionality... (from the GUI point of view)
    Last edited by itsjustarumour; December 15th, 2009 at 06:40 PM.

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    Re: Karmic: Computer Name Change GUI

    The Gnome tool is not helpful (bug #163720). It wouldn't change the hostname on my laptop when I tried it. I suspect that the functionality will be added to Network Manager in the future.

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