On Fri, May 12, 2006 at 01:12:28AM +0100, Barnaby Scott wrote: > Thanks for your reply. It didn't occur to me to look at the next line - > I thought it must still be doing the Configuring syscons thing! > > Anyway, the next line is: > > Initial i386 initialization:. > > Armed with this knowledge, I just found this post: > http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/htdig/freebsd-questions/2004-April/043478.html > > (although I don't know where the rest of the thread went). However it > doesn't leave me much the wiser! The hostname is mentioned earlier in the > sequence, so presumably the OS is already aware of that, and as for DNS > server, what DNS server?
The fact that the operating system knows what the machine is called, does not necessarily mean that the name is in the DNS. You can put an entry in your /etc/hosts file (take a look at the file for the format), which will allow sendmail and other daemons to start. You should also check that your hostname is in the DNS. You might find something like DynDNS or ZoneEdit useful if your machine is on a dynamically assigned domestic range, such as you'd get from NTL or Telewest. As for the DNS server, you need to tell FreeBSD where to go to resolve names to IP addresses. You do this by putting the IP addresses of your ISP's name servers in your /etc/resolv.conf (yes, there really is no 'e' on the end of resolv). The format is 'nameserver IP.add.re.ss', without the quotes (man 5 resolv.conf will give you more detail). You should also check in /etc/nsswitch.conf to make sure that you have an entry that looks like this: hosts: files dns This tells your local resolver library to consult /etc/hosts before it goes to the DNS. If I am teaching Grandma how to suck eggs, I apologise - I got the impression from the tone of your post, though, that you are quite new to all this UNIX stuff! HTH Dan -- Daniel Bye PGP Key: http://www.slightlystrange.org/pgpkey-dan.asc PGP Key fingerprint: D349 B109 0EB8 2554 4D75 B79A 8B17 F97C 1622 166A _ ASCII ribbon campaign ( ) - against HTML, vCards and X - proprietary attachments in e-mail / \
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