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Re: UNIX and ease of use

[You (Rob Browning)]
>Avery Pennarun <apenwarr@worldvisions.ca> writes:
>> Hear hear!  This is sorely lacking and, unfortunately, difficult to fix. 
>> Mail queues queue and connections time out, but my #1 worst complaint is the
>> long, boring DNS timeout period if I'm running named and not online.  This
>> is compounded by Netscape's annoying propensity to freeze itself during name
>> lookups.
>I have a fix for the timeouts that works quite well here.  I read the
>Dynamic-IP hacks HOWTO, and none of those solutions was as satisfying.
>If anyone's interested, I'd be willing to write up what I did, as soon
>as I have the time, and I can figure it out :>
>The caveat being that it's entirely possible that what I did was
>really stupid, and I just don't know it, yet...

I'd be curious.  It's entirely possible with the new /etc/ppp/ip-down.d/
directory to put in a hack where you change bind's config and 'ndc 
reload' it or whatever.  I'm not convinced this is the right solution 

I recently lobbied, and succeeded, in asking exim maintainer to add a 
script in /etc/ppp/ip-up.d/exim to flush the queue on dialup.  I suggest 
that people think creatively about changing the state of net services on 
ip up and down and submit wishlist bugs for better support of that 
wonderful, debian-only invention!

.....A. P. Harris...apharris@onShore.com...<URL:http://www.onShore.com/>

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