Subject: Re: HEADS UP: nsswitch about to go `live' in NetBSD-current
To: Luke Mewburn <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Todd Vierling <email@example.com>
Date: 01/16/1999 22:14:35
On Sun, 17 Jan 1999, Luke Mewburn wrote:
: > NetBSD's default should reflect common usage. The common usage is "DNS,
: > files" in that order. This should work when there isn't an nsswitch.conf.
: I disagree for two reasons
: * It will involve a hack for a specific database (in this case `hosts')
: in libc's nsdispatch(3). People may ask for similar hacks to support
: `passwd: compat passwd_compat: nis' by default too.
I believe both sould be this way. Without, it breaks backwards
compatibility - and I don't care if the answer is supposedly `upgrade your
/etc'; people DON'T do that on a regular basis.
: The nsdispatch(3) routines are designed to be generic, and I don't
: like the idea of having specific hardcoded fallbacks (besides the
: default `files') just to suit people.
Suit existing practice. These should use defaults equal to the way NetBSD
has been distributed in the past; I don't care if they're `hacks'.
: * I've been in situations where the previous default of `lookup bind files'
: (if you didn't have a `lookup' line in resolv.conf) would bite you,
: and you'd have to wait until the name server timed out because
: you've specified a hostname somewhere and you can't lookup things
: until your network is fully operational.
Then you should set a different default. Mine is "lookup files bind".
Of course, I don't remeber if this was mentioned -- if there's no "hosts"
line in nsswitch.conf, does it use the "lookup" line in resolv.conf?
-- Todd Vierling (Personal firstname.lastname@example.org; Bus. email@example.com)