If /etc/sysconfig/network has the hostname set to localhost.localdomain,
when the machine boots, it will uses reverse DNS to get the hostname and
set it properly. However, if a PCMCIA network card is used the hostname is
not properly set. This appears to be because network initialization is
delayed until PCMCIA is up, and the PCMCIA scripts don't pass the boot flag
to ifup. It PCMCIA is moved earlier in the boot sequence, before network,
then everything works correctly.
I have seen Bug #7693, Bug #8328, Bug #15275, and Bug #18355 referencing
the order of startup for network and PCMCIA and they all basically say
'everything works, PCMCIA handles it', and that dependencies need to be
met, so it won't be fixed.
This is not handled properly, and it should be possible to get PCMCIA in a
location that deps are met and before network.
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