By default, the hostname on a raspberry pi installation will be “raspberrypi”, which is great if you just have the one pi.
If you’ve got more than one, then you’re going to get hostname conflicts when you attach both to your network. Fortunately its easy to correct this.
Plug the pi that you want to change hostname onto the network (leave the other unattached). That way when you ssh onto raspberrypi, you know which one it is.
Next, edit the hosts file.
sudo nano /etc/hosts
You’ll need to change the last line to whatever you want to name the pi, in my case I called it robopi
127.0.0.1 localhost ::1 localhost ip6-localhost ip6-loopback fe00::0 ip6-localnet ff00::0 ip6-mcastprefix ff02::1 ip6-allnodes ff02::2 ip6-allrouters 127.0.1.1 robopi
Exit that file and then change the hostname file
sudo nano /etc/hostname
Change it to the same name you put in the hosts file
Thats the configuration changes done, next we need to restart the hostname service, but executing:
Then restart the pi
After that, you should be able to ping and connect to robopi:
Jamess-MacBook-Pro:pi Elsey$ ping robopi PING robopi.home (192.168.0.10): 56 data bytes 64 bytes from 192.168.0.10: icmp_seq=0 ttl=64 time=1.802 ms 64 bytes from 192.168.0.10: icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=4.141 ms ^C --- robopi.home ping statistics --- 2 packets transmitted, 2 packets received, 0.0% packet loss round-trip min/avg/max/stddev = 1.802/2.971/4.141/1.170 ms Jamess-MacBook-Pro:pi Elsey$ ssh pi@robopi pi@robopi's password: Linux robopi 3.6.11+ #456 PREEMPT Mon May 20 17:42:15 BST 2013 armv6l The programs included with the Debian GNU/Linux system are free software; the exact distribution terms for each program are described in the individual files in /usr/share/doc/*/copyright. Debian GNU/Linux comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by applicable law. Last login: Sun Dec 29 15:59:40 2013 from unknown -bash: /etc/profile: is a directory pi@robopi ~ $ hostname robopi
Thats it, you can connect the original “raspberrypi” to the network, or change the hostname of that too