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Re: where is /etc/hosts supposed to come from?

On Wed, 30 Dec 2009 21:28:52 +0100, Vincent Bernat wrote:

> OoO Pendant le  temps de midi du mercredi 30  décembre 2009, vers 12:03,
> Gabor Gombas <gombasg@sztaki.hu> disait :
>>> If this is a real question, put:
>>> fqdn nodename
>>> This seems a  very acceptable way to give a FQDN  to your laptop
>>> without relying  on network.  hostname -f  and  programs using  a
>>> similar  inner working will be able to get the right result.
>> Adding meaningless configuration to work around programs that are
>> broken by design does not seem like a good solution.
> There are  a lot of  programs requiring some  kind of FQDN  (for example
> because they implement a protocol requiring it). How should they get it?
> I have never  seen a more universal that to get  node name with uname(),
> then use gethostbyname(). Please, provide better way.

The admin should supply it in the program's configuration, since only the 
admin is able to know the correct value.

Sam Morris

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