Re: Why is login so screwed up?

From: Whoever (nobody@devnull.none)
Date: 12/14/02


From: Whoever <nobody@devnull.none>
Date: Sat, 14 Dec 2002 00:02:50 GMT

On 13 Dec 2002, Bill Unruh wrote:

> "Chuck Mendell" <dnegorsk@tampabay.rr.com> writes:
>
> ]I'm new to Linux. Have Red Hat 8.0 Personal. Trying and willing to learn.
> ]When I set Linux up, I gave them the root password they asked for. I also
> ]gave them a user name for myself and a password for that (different than
> ]root). I wrote them both down so I wouldn't make any errors. I registered
> ]with Red Hat and gave them a third different user name and password (They
> ]insisted). Ok, so far so good! When I booted my machine, it asked for a
> ]login with my user name, and it showed a long number, separated with
> ]hyphens, for my
> ]computer name???

Probably your DHCP client changed the hostname according to the name
returned by the DHCP server. I'll bet that the hostname is a magled form
of your MAC address. You can override this, but the precise method depends
upon the dhcp client you are using (I don't know what the default is in
RH8).