xfce4-session warning about an unresolvable local hostname

Nick Schermer nickschermer at gmail.com
Fri Jul 22 00:14:03 CEST 2011

On Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 9:37 PM, Guido Berhoerster <gber at opensuse.org> wrote:
> as of recently openSUSE does not provide an entry in /etc/hosts
> for mapping a loopback IP address to the local hostname by
> default any more.  This means that now on many desktop boxes the
> local hostname is not resolvable which causes xfce4-session to
> display a scary warning message ("This will prevent Xfce from
> operating correctly."). That specific code apparently hasn't been
> touched in a while, does this still apply and if so, what exactly
> is supposed to break here (the session comes up fine for me if I
> just ignore it)?
> Thanks,

I agree, maybe Benny can enlighten us what the purpose was of this
message, but to me it seems unrelated to the desktop.


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