lpd refuses to print from a machine with a DHCP assigned IP address...

Warren Block wblock at wonkity.com
Sat Apr 7 17:15:59 UTC 2007

On Fri, 6 Apr 2007, Amarendra Godbole wrote:

> My FreeBSD box picks up its IP through DHCP. Now I configured a
> printer on this machine, using apsfilter. So far so good. Now when I
> try to print anything, I see the following error in the lpd-errs file:
> ------------
> Apr  6 11:00:03 zimbu lpd[1501]: unable to get official name for local
> machine zimbu.vxindia.veritas.com: hostname nor servname provided, or
> not known
> Apr  6 11:00:03 zimbu lpd[1501]: lp: no line printer device or host name
> ------------
> Now, if I add an entry for zimbu in /etc/hosts (with the currently
> assigned IP address), printing works fine.

This is not really an lpd question, but a DHCP and DNS question.

Depending on your DHCP server, the "send host-name" option of 
dhclient.conf might help.

-Warren Block * Rapid City, South Dakota USA

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