Subject: Re: /etc/default
To: J.T. Conklin <>
From: Ken Nakata <>
List: current-users
Date: 07/25/1995 22:52:32
> > Nsswitch is AFAIK done via /etc/resolv.conf, no need to start hacking that.
> I disagree.  There are lots more databases that need to be configured
> than just hosts...
> I believe that a nsswitch.conf-like mechanism where the adminstrator
> can select the type (file, dns, yp, hesiod, etc.) and resolution order
> of database services for passwd, group, hosts, networks, protocols,
> rpc, ethers, etc. would be a good thing.

Sorry if I missed something obvious, since I'm no expert on nsswitch
(or any other SysV features).  But this sounds a lot like what I hear
FreeBSD does with /etc/hosts.conf, doesn't it?

I personally wish there was a similar functionality in NetBSD.  That
way I wouldn't have to move /etc/resolv.conf around each time I bring
up and down SLIP (= the only net connection on my box), for example.