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Bug#459664: host.conf: "multi on" appears to be default

Package: base-config
Version: 2.73
Severity: normal

not sure what the severity is, please adjust to suit.

I was examining the /etc/host.conf file on some etch boxes.

host.conf(5) explains that
   multi  Valid values are on and off. If set to on, the resolv+ library will
	  return all valid addresses for a host that appears in the /etc/hosts
	  file, instead of  only  the  first.
	  This  is  off  by default, as it may cause a substantial performance
	  loss at sites with large hosts files.

On examining all the hosts I have currently installed with etch, I found
all of them configured with "multi on"; this is the only line in the file.
I didn't set these files as far as I am aware, so this suggests the default
is actually "multi on".

Is the default set wrongly, or just incorrectly documented?

Kind Regards

NB: my install method is netinstall of a minimal system ("standard" in tasksel),
    then add packages via a package list and apt-get dselect-upgrade.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 4.0
  APT prefers stable
  APT policy: (500, 'stable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Shell:  /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash
Kernel: Linux 2.6.18-5-686
Locale: LANG=, LC_CTYPE= (charmap=ANSI_X3.4-1968)

Versions of packages base-config depends on:
ii  adduser                  3.102           Add and remove users and groups
ii  apt                Advanced front-end for dpkg
ii  bsdutils                 1:2.12r-19etch1 Basic utilities from 4.4BSD-Lite
ii  console-data             2:1.01-7        Keymaps, fonts, charset maps, fall
ii  console-tools            1:0.2.3dbs-65   Linux console and font utilities
ii  debconf                  1.5.11etch1     Debian configuration management sy
ii  debianutils              2.17            Miscellaneous utilities specific t
ii  gettext-base             0.16.1-1        GNU Internationalization utilities
ii  passwd                   1:    change and administer password and

base-config recommends no packages.

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