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

On 2009-12-31 14:34:34 -0800, Russ Allbery wrote:
> Uh, no.  That statement implies nothing of the sort; identification is not
> necessarily unique.

I suggest that you look in a dictionary.

> I've been participating in standardization of network protocols through
> the IETF for more than a decade now, and I've never seen someone use this
> definition of FQDN that you're using.  I'm quite confident that this is
> not the intented interpretation of the standards to which you're
> referring, in large part because I was participating in the mailing lists
> on which they were written.

This is not only me. "hostname -f" uses the same definition.

There's also the open problem of what "canonical name" means under
Debian / Linux. Some software also assumes the unicity of the FQDN
(under the "hostname -f" definition), and even the nodename (e.g.
that's procmail when storing mail in a Maildir mailbox).

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