[Pkg-sysvinit-devel] Bug#643771: initscripts: hostname is set to FQDN; /etc/hostname not read or hostname.sh not executed?

Wouter Van Hemel wouter-debian at publica.duodecim.org
Thu Sep 29 13:45:56 UTC 2011

Package: initscripts
Version: 2.88dsf-13.11
Severity: normal


Since yesterday, `hostname` returns the FQDN and also $HOSTNAME is set to the FQDN.

/etc/hostname contains just the hostname (a single word) and is readable, so I assume /etc/init.d/hostname.sh somehow doesn't read /etc/hostname anymore.

Perhaps this is related to the /run switch? Either hostname.sh isn't executed or /etc/hostname isn't read.

/etc is on the / partition, as is /boot, so this is not a mount problem.

X behaved funnily as applications couldn't connect to the X server anymore due to the hostname changing – probably during an apt update, or perhaps some daemon crashed. While the problem appears minor, the consequences might be more serious, depending on what exactly is in /etc/hostname, /etc/hosts and friends.

Thanks for your time,


-- System Information:
Debian Release: wheezy/sid
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.39-2-686-pae (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=C, LC_CTYPE=nl_BE.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash

Versions of packages initscripts depends on:
ii  coreutils       8.13-2       
ii  debianutils     4.0.2        
ii  libc6           2.13-21      
ii  lsb-base        3.2-28       
ii  mount           2.19.1-5     
ii  sysv-rc         2.88dsf-13.11
ii  sysvinit-utils  2.88dsf-13.11

Versions of packages initscripts recommends:
ii  e2fsprogs  1.42~WIP-2011-09-25-1
ii  psmisc     22.14-1              

initscripts suggests no packages.

-- no debconf information

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