I have a redhat (EL5) server that I need to change the hostname on. I'm trying to put it back into a known state to help with server provisioning activities.
As part of changing the hostname, I'm updating /etc/sysconfig/network and /etc/hosts. I also have an explicit call to hostname. My desired state is that the server thinks its hostname is "localhost". And a call to "hostname" returns "localhost".
The problem I'm having is that when I reboot, the hostname is reverted to "localhost.companyname.com" which is not what I want. How do I ensure that the hostname is set up as just "localhost" when I reboot?
My /etc/sysconfig/network file contains:
NETWORKING=yes HOSTNAME=localhost GATEWAY=126.96.36.199 #I do have a proper IP address here
My /etc/hosts file contains:
127.0.0.1 localhost.localdomain localhost 172.21.1.1 localhost.companyname.com localhost