Commit 1232284c authored by Guido Trotter's avatar Guido Trotter
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Explain the reason for fqdn hostnames

The install guide asks the user to use the fqdn in the hostname, but
doesn't explain why. This has been asked multiple times, so adding an
explanation there.
Signed-off-by: default avatarGuido Trotter <>
Reviewed-by: default avatarIustin Pop <>
Reviewed-by: default avatarOlivier Tharan <>
parent 3cebe102
......@@ -106,6 +106,24 @@ and not just *node1*.
need to run the command ``/etc/init.d/ start`` after
changing the file).
.. admonition:: Why a fully qualified host name
Although most distributions use only the short name in the /etc/hostname
file, we still think Ganeti nodes should use the full name. The reason for
this is that calling 'hostname --fqdn' requires the resolver library to work
and is a 'guess' via heuristics at what is your domain name. Since Ganeti
can be used among other things to host DNS servers, we don't want to depend
on them as much as possible, and we'd rather have the uname() syscall return
the full node name.
We haven't ever found any breakage in using a full hostname on a Linux
system, and anyway we recommend to have only a minimal installation on
Ganeti nodes, and to use instances (or other dedicated machines) to run the
rest of your network services. By doing this you can change the
/etc/hostname file to contain an FQDN without the fear of breaking anything
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