xfce4-session warning about an unresolvable local hostname

Guido Berhoerster gber at opensuse.org
Fri Jul 22 13:52:12 CEST 2011

* Benedikt Meurer <benedikt.meurer at googlemail.com> [2011-07-22 08:54]:
> On Jul 22, 2011, at 00:14 , Nick Schermer wrote:
> > 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,
> Hm, seems strange, a host that cannot resolve "localhost", what is the rational behind this in openSUSE?

Sorry, my description above might have been a bit ambiguous. Of
course "localhost" is still resolvable, what was removed from the
desktop install is a line mapping to the hostname given
during installation.

Guido Berhoerster

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