Re: Proposed new scheme for resolving the system hostname
I agree with pursuing the goal of fixing programs so that they no longer
rely on the UNIX hostname being resolvable as if it were a DNS domain
Given this goal, it is perhaps not worth the effort to implement a
"defaults" NSS module as I described at the beginning of this thread.
We still need to decide should be done to the installer, though. It
currently puts the UNIX hostname in /etc/hosts either on its own line or
as an alias for 'localhost.localdomain'. In the long run the UNIX
hostname should not be put in /etc/hosts at all. Should the installer
be changed so that it no longer puts the UNIX hostname in /etc/hosts?
If people feel that this is going to far for etch then I would suggest
that at least one change be made. The UNIX hostname should be written
into /etc/hosts always on its own line, never as an alias for
'localhost.localdomain'. If there is no fixed NIC with a permanent IP
address then the UNIX hostname should be put on a line
That will ensure that if the UNIX hostname _is_ resolved then it will
always be its own canonical hostname
(in the sense of hosts(5)).
Thomas Hood <email@example.com>