Subject: Re: install/21999: localhost.domain not correctly set in /etc/hosts file
To: None <>
From: William Allen Simpson <>
List: tech-install
Date: 06/26/2003 20:58:45 wrote:
>         localhost.domain has to be configured by zone manager's (DNS admin)
>         judging.  normal practice is that they do provide:
> localhost.              IN A
> localhost.mydomain      IN A
Maybe, maybe not!  Is it something that system security should depend 
upon?  I argue not....

My livingroom test NetBSD machine is configured as 
That follows RFC recommendations.  There's no admin to 
setup, but apparently the new nsswitch code 
tries that first, so it fails.  

>         i don't see a need for scripting_printf() for localhost,
>         i'd rather remove it.
It's a easy fix, it never hurts anything, and not having it hurts 
(or requires additional documentation in afterboot to ensure that 
everyone tests for it to be properly configured at the upstream, and 
adds it by hand).

William Allen Simpson
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