1

What are the ramifications of setting the hostname?

view story
linux-howto

http://unix.stackexchange.com – I have several Amazon EC2 servers and I'm using Chef to manage the configuration. I'd like to set the hostname so that the default bash prompt is more helpful. Right now after launching a new server it's just set as: root@ip-10-123-123-123 Since I'm using Ubuntu 12 on these boxes I consulted the corresponding man page for hostname. It has a lot of good information on how to set it, and talks a little about the hostname and the fqdn, but it doesn't really tell me what I want to know: What are the ramifications of setting the hostname? I'd like to assume that setting the hostname is mo (HowTos)