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With puppet installed, the command /opt/puppet/sbin/refresh-mcollective-metadata is run every 15 minutes. It loggs hostname: Host name lookup failure when it runs.

hostname, hostname -i, and hostname -f all return hostname: Host name lookup failure

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This can occur because the hostname is not set in CentOS.

Run the command hostname machine.example.com to set the hostname on the machine then MCollective and all the above-mentioned hostname commands will return the correct values.

Note: it's probably worth looking at the comments on this solution.

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    Setting the hostname to an FQDN is quite a crude workaround. Generally it should be an unqualified name like machine in your case. Set the FQDN using /etc/hosts - it should be the first entry on the first line that contains the unqualified name as an alias, e.g. 127.0.0.1 machine.example.com machine localhost – Felix Frank Jun 28 '14 at 22:34
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    @FelixFrank thanks for the comment. I did some research based on what you said and found these two relevant resources: jblevins.org/log/hostname serverfault.com/questions/331936/… – Dan Bowling Jul 11 '14 at 19:10
  • // , Is the hostname command the "canonical" or usual way to set a machine's host name in Linux? – Nathan Basanese Jan 15 '16 at 23:20
  • // , Like Jasmine Longes commented on serverfault.com/a/331942/282446, shouldn't /etc/sysconfig/network contain lines like: NETWORKING=yes, NETWORKING_IPV6=no, HOSTNAME=example.com, NISDOMAIN=example ? – Nathan Basanese Jan 15 '16 at 23:22

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