How to set hostname for a machine intended to become company's mail server ?

Adrian Chadd adrian at
Fri Mar 6 19:13:49 UTC 2015


Is that name in DNS ? You should at least populate it in /etc/hosts so
when xorg goes to look up the name, it doesn't get upset that the name
doesn't map to any IP addresses.


On 6 March 2015 at 00:44, Manish Jain <bourne.identity at> wrote:
> Hi,
> I am setting a FreeBSD 10.1 (amd64) machine for a company. This machine is
> to provide all important services including a mail server and printing
> services. The company's mail service is currently hosted by an external
> provider, who also looks after DNS.
> At installation time, I set the machine name to
> roundabout.freebsd10dot1.amd64
> When I starting work on setting up a mail server (yet to choose from
> Postfix/Qmail), I thought it would be better to change the hostname to
> When I did this and rebooted, I found that the X server fails to start.
> There are some lines in /var/log/Xorg.log complaining about invalid
> configuration in xorg.conf.d, but nothing much more except for a few control
> characters like Ctrl-O and Ctrl-B
> What could be the problem here ?
> --
> Regards
> Manish Jain
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