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Re: exim, local resolver, host name lookups and IPv6

On Sat, Apr 12, 2008 at 12:13:36PM +0600, Alexander E. Patrakov wrote:
> Marc Haber wrote:
>> In some cases, exim still looks up its IP address when a listening
>> daemon starts up. This is why the Debian installer configures
>> (not for the local hostname on installation,
>> yielding /etc/hosts files like 
>>       localhost
>>       myfoo.localdomain   myfoo

> <snip>

>> This being said, I consider the entire business a horrible
>> hack which is one of the most ugly things I have ever seen. Do we have
>> a chance to implement this in a more cleaner way, or is it still the
>> way to go for the distribution, where we don't know zilch about the
>> environment where an installed system is going to be used?

> I second this request.

Oh yes, by all means, let's flip-flop the /etc/hosts implementation back and
forth because people /second/ it, without ever bothering to understand the
reasons that made this necessary.

> Just a data point: this setup breaks the "vde2" package (namely,
> its slirp-based part) if a local DNS server that listens on only
> (e.g., pdnsd) is used.

Then vde2 has broken assumptions and should be fixed.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
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