Bug#459664: host.conf: "multi on" appears to be default
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?
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 0.6.46.4-0.1 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 1:126.96.36.199-7 change and administer password and
base-config recommends no packages.