Problem with /etc/hosts on FreeBSD 5.1???

Mark Woodson mwoodson at
Tue Aug 12 08:51:03 PDT 2003

On Tuesday 12 August 2003 03:10 am, s4021760 at wrote:
> Hi,
>   I just loaded freeBSD 5.1 and ran into some trouble....I have edited
> the /etc/hosts file to show the required name....but when I boot up the
> system hangs and gives the message "...My unspecified name is
> BLAA......Sleeping for retry" It comes out of this loop if I hit ^C. I have

That's sendmail saying it can't figure out the host name.  Unless the machine 
is handling mail, it's not really a big deal.  It's not really hanging, 
you're just not being patient enough in letting it timeout.

Configure sendmail properly or disable it entirely to fix the problem.  The 
problem isn't really /etc/hosts.


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