Re: hostname problems on startup

David Winet (dwinet@QAL.BERKELEY.EDU)
Mon, 14 Nov 1994 19:00:39 -0500

Dear Joanne;
Thank you for the kind assistance.

I discovered the answer quite by mistake:

I have to fire up Home-IP (LAN Workplace for modems) first,
then click on cuseeme.exe

If, on the other hand, I start from cuseeme.exe, it goes to the Home-IP
dialer all
right, it dials just fine; it gets me connected to my SLIP account ok,
BUT then it displays this 'can't find hostname' message.

On Mon, 14 Nov 1994, Jo
Moral: hook up with Home-IP's dialer first, THEN run CU-SeeMe.

Hope this will help anyone with a similar problem to mine.
See you (literally now) on the Net.
David Winet
Berkeley CA

Joanne Callahan wrote:

> >I'm getting the message:
> >'gethosname failed [11004]'
> >my hosts file is in network/lwp/bin along with the winsock.dll that came
> >with lwp (lan work place)
> >David Winet
> Dear David,
> Here is information from Rich Kennerly <> the CU-SeeMe
> developer for PCs.
> Joanne
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
> -------
> Joanne Callahan, Administrative Assistant to Richard Cogger
> CIT - Network Resources
> Surge III, Rm 150, Judd Falls Road Internet -
> Ithaca, New York 14853-1044 Phone - (607)255-0181 Fax - (607)255-9086
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
> -------
> Hostname Requirement for Windows CU-SeeMe
> Your Windows machine will need a hostname. CU-SeeMe for Windows
> will not work without it (this requirement may disappear soon).
> The way to provide a hostname is to make an entry into the hosts file.
> The format for the hosts file is:
> <your IP address> <name for your PC>
> For example, you might decide to use the hostname WillieBob. If
> your IP address was, the entry in your hosts file would
> look like:
> WillieBob
> Your HOSTS file should be in your Windows Sockets directory (the
> same directory that contains your 'winsock.dll'). This directory must
> be in the PATH before windows is started.
> If you don't already have a hostname for your PC, you may want to
> contact your network administrator about getting one assigned. If your
> host name is defined in a Domain Name Server (DNS) accessible to your
> PC, you won't need to have a HOSTS file. Keep in mind, in this case,
> that if you can't reach your DNS, you'll get the "GetHostByName() Error"
> message.
> While this issue has been a problem for many it has worked on all
> stacks after some work (The FTP software hitch mentioned below took
> many phone calls to a very patient user at NSF before solving).
> Things to verify:
> *) Verify that you've only got one HOSTS file (there might be a bad one
> earlier in your path). Use FILE MANAGER, File Menu, Search - Search
> for hosts, start from c:\, check the 'Search All Subdirectories box.
> If you find entries other than the one you expect to find in your
> Winsock directory, consider removing or updating them.
> Possible stumbling blocks:
> *) You're using FTP PCTCP and you've something set in the "Domain
> Completion" box. This can cause your software to not find its real
> hostname in the hosts file.
> *) When Defining your hostname with your Winsock Customization software,
> do not include the domain name in the hostname specification. For
> example, if WillieBob is in the domain, do NOT specify
> as the hostname. Just enter WillieBob and
> enter the domain in its place.
> Rich Kennerly