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Re: Bug#575209 closed by Holger Levsen <holger@layer-acht.org> (Re: Bug#575209: general: Error resolving hostname [resent])

On Thu, Mar 25, 2010 at 01:15:06PM +0000, Ben Hutchings wrote:
> > - Sites with domain names like <ker-.deviantart.com> do already exist! 
> > Do you think they should be accessible by any other proprietary 
> > operating system, but not Debian? Not really!

> So if Windows accepts it then it must be OK?  I don't think we have to
> follow that rule.  Otherwise you should be demanding support for NMB and
> WINS in glibc.

/me sweeps the winbind package under the rug

> > - There is already an inconsistency among the different 
> > implementations in Debian (or Linux as a whole), as e.g. ping and any 
> > other program using gethostbyname() fail to resolv, whereas nslookup 
> > and host succeed.

> This is what happens when you ignore Internet standards.

This doesn't ignore Internet standards at all.  nslookup and host are tools
for querying DNS, which is *not* the same thing as querying a hostname.
It's valid and reasonable for those tools to return the records present in
DNS even when those records aren't well-formed hostnames.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
Ubuntu Developer                                    http://www.debian.org/
slangasek@ubuntu.com                                     vorlon@debian.org

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