[rabbitmq-discuss] FYI: RabbitMQ default installation broken on Ubuntu (potential all Debian-likes)

Simon MacMullen simon at rabbitmq.com
Fri Sep 7 16:14:46 BST 2012

On 07/09/12 14:49, Rene Gallati wrote:
> What is really happening is, that rabbitmq-server
> absolutely requires that the hostname-part be defined as entry in
> /etc/hosts as name for !

This is not true.

It *does* require that the hostname resolve, i.e. that "ping `hostname`" 
works and maps to *an* IP address of the machine. As Tim says, this is 
an Erlang requirement, but I don't think it's too hideous.

And for the record every installation of Ubuntu I've seen (including a 
recent 12.04 LTS install), does add the hostname to /etc/hosts. But this 
is not necessary - on my main development machine the hostname actually 
resolves over DNS, and RabbitMQ starts fine.

Cheers, Simon

Simon MacMullen
RabbitMQ, VMware

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