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Automatic hostname configuration?

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In regard to > http://answers.splunk.com/questions/794/how-to-change-hostname-of-a-splunk-server

My question is why doesn't the host name change automatically? What would stop a few lines of code checking the system's host name at system start to determine if a host name has changed? It is safe to assume to check during start up since one cannot change a host name without rebooting.

What do you think of this idea?

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  1. It is not clear that the hostname value is what you'd necessarily want to use as a default hostname. For example, hostname my return a fully-qualifed name, and you might prefer a short name, or vice versa. Or hostname may return the hostname of a network interface other than the one you prefer the machine to be known by.
  2. Host names can be changed without rebooting.