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I was hoping to set my local host in my resolv.conf to hermes. So in affect if I type in hermes:8080 into the browser, I get the localhost:8080

How is this accomplished?

Please and thank you.

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From what I understand reading the answers, you need to replace 'localhosts' in '/etc/hosts' with 'hermes'. Good luck. – Oxwivi Sep 7 '11 at 15:42

You need it in /etc/hosts, not /etc/resolv.conf.

And your host name should already appear in /etc/hosts.

What does it say when you run this from the terminal?

grep '' /etc/hosts

What about:

cat /etc/hostname
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what do I need to do to get the desired result. it says hermes. to answer your first question. hermes as well for your second question. – myusuf3 Feb 20 '11 at 20:11

You can add it to /etc/hosts, like this: hermes

( is the same as localhost)

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That's bad. If you replace the entry, things will break. It should be added using a separate entry hermes, but it should have already been added by NetworkManager, so there is another problem. – Mikel Feb 20 '11 at 0:12
Adding it won't break anything, because it doesn't overwrite previous links to – Vallery Feb 20 '11 at 0:26
There is a difference between and You said, which should just be localhost (or localhost.localdomain localhost or similar). – Mikel Feb 20 '11 at 0:30
If you add a second entry, then some things will work, but reverse lookups (e.g. getent hosts won't return your host name, which could break some things. – Mikel Feb 20 '11 at 0:31
I've got multiple things going to in my /etc/hosts: – Vallery Feb 20 '11 at 0:32

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