Re: SUMMARY: Correction to Correct way to change IP address

From: Stephen Harris (
Date: Wed Jun 02 1999 - 09:48:19 CDT

  I wouldn't normally post this to the list - most of my answers go direct
  to the user. But in this case, the user is suggesting a change to the FAQ
  that I totally disagree with.

Rachel Polanskis wrote:
> The next person to suggest they just edit the files in
> /etc/inet and wherever will get a prize kick in the bum for supplying
> misleading and potentially damaging information.

Nope. This information is 100% correct _IF_ you know what you are

> It's called "/usr/sbin/sys-unconfig".

This does a hell of a lot more than just that. Why would I want to mess
around with domain name, hostname(!), timezone(!!) and root password
just to change an IP address?

> Read the man page before using it and make sure you understand everything it


> What I say three times is True!

What you say three times is overkill and not the only correct answer to
the question. sys-unconfig is *one* answer, not the only answer.

I have successfully moved a handful of machines by editing files in /etc
with no consequences whatsoever. It's not something I do often, but
occaisionally, and I have *never* used sys-unconfig.


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