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I was tired of a bland hostname, so I foolishly edited /etc/hostname. Unfortunately, any time I try to run the sudo command now, it fails because of a faulty gethostname() ...
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    Exclamation Lost root access, edited /etc/hostname


    I was tired of a bland hostname, so I foolishly edited /etc/hostname.

    Unfortunately, any time I try to run the sudo command now, it fails because of a faulty gethostname() call. I realize now that I should have used the "hostname <new hostname>" command to change it, but I cannot edit /etc/hostname back to its original setting because I need root permissions!

    Rebooting did not reset the hostname, nor did it update /etc/hosts.
    What can I do to fix my stupid mistake?

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    Nevermind.

    I fixed the problem by following these steps:

    1) Rebooting into recovery mode
    2) Editing /etc/hostname back to its original values
    3) Rebooting normally

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