I've been having a random problem over the last couple years and I can't figure what causing it. Every so often a 10.5 computer's name will have a set of parenthesis concatenated to the end of the computer's name with a number in the parenthesis [ i.e computername(1) ]. Usually, it's just the number 2 or 3 but I have seen it go as high as 3000 something.
The computer's name shows up fine in ARD but the
hostname command returns the name of the computer hyphen number (computername-2).
Renaming the computer in the Sharing Preference pane or reinstalling the OS fixes the problem. For normal day to day operations it's not a problem but it has been throwing our inventory system off after we reinstall the OS. I'm not sure when it happens because it's so hard to notice so I've been unable to find any helpful log messages.
Has anyone seen this behavior before and better yet does anyone know of a solution?