I'm trying to get mod_security and hit the very common hostname error of
[alert] (EAI 2)Name or service not known: mod_unique_id: unable to find IPv4 address of "computername.domain.com"
This normally means an entry is required in the hosts file. However I have tried all combinations for the hostname; localhost (127.0.0.1), local IP address (192.168....) and public IP address ("126.96.36.199"). I have also tried all combinations for Apache's ServerName; computer.domain, domain, IP addresses and not setting it at all. Nothing seems to work for me.
Currently my /etc/hosts file looks like:
# Do not remove the following line, or various programs # that require network functionality will fail. 127.0.0.1 computername.domain.com computername localhost.localdomain localhost ::1 localhost6.localdomain6 localhost6 192.168.0.102 computername.domain.com computername #192.168.0.102 computername.hostingprovider.local computername # NIC <eth0> #188.8.131.52 computername.domain.com computername
Ping works, also hostname shows
[root@computername~]# hostname computername.domain.com
The public dns doesn't have computername as a subdomain so what is the correct IP address / ServerName combo to use? What happens with duplicate entries on hosts? What does mod_unqiue_id check that could cause it to fail?
Thanks for any help you can provide
The underlying problem
Thanks for the strace suggestion. On starting apache I got the following.
1377 open("/etc/hosts", O_RDONLY) = -1 EACCES (Permission denied)
So quickly sanity check permissions and:
# ll /etc/hosts -rw-r--r-- 2 root root 608 Jul 22 16:01 /etc/hosts
But turned out be SELinux, see below