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Unable to resolve host


You may notice when you run sudo or any commands that you may see a small message that comes and says "Sudo: unable to resolve host", this means that the hostname doesn't match what was defined in the hosts file, this is a simple fix that will be explained and listed below.


How to fix

First, you should check the hostname file and see if that matches the hostname you have set.

sudo cat /etc/hostname


You can also see the hostname as it comes after your username e.g root@Helios. Keep the output of the previous command as you will be using that in the next step!

Next, we will be checking the hosts file to make sure that the vps knows what the new hostname is.

sudo nano /etc/hosts

The default file would be this or a similar looking one: hosts You want to edit it to resemble this: new_hosts


In my case it was Ubuntu -> Helios

To exit from nano use Ctrl + X and Y to save the edited text.


Don't fancy using nano? you can use the command below.

sed -i 's/ubuntu/newhost/' /etc/hosts

If host is not ubuntu replace ubuntu to whatever it was shown.