Forum OpenACS Q&A: Response to Failure to connect to AOLServer from another PC

This really comes down to ensuring that servers have correct IP
addresses, hostnames, /etc/hosts entries, and DNs entries.  Right?

I made this config item default to the host name because that is what
works for the huge majority of cases -- if you have no host name at
all the RH default is localhost.localdomain or some such thing, which
/etc/hosts says is, so even that degenerate case was taken
care of.

I'm unclear why a server machine would have a hostname of 'saturn' in
todays Internetworked world -- surely it would be more like
'' or whatever?

I'd go as far as to suggest that rather than haing your AOLserver
config point to the raw IP address (will you remember that when you
relocate the server in six months time?), it would be more appropriate
to ensure your DNS setup for the server is correct and matches the
hostname of the machine concerned.

As far as I can tell, what you have found is really a workaround for
inconsistent or missing domain name service... am I right?