Bug 11235

Summary: ypbind won't find servers from /etc/hosts
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: mandrews
Component: ypbindAssignee: Preston Brown <pbrown>
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Version: 6.2CC: laroche
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Description mandrews 2000-05-05 01:37:51 UTC
ypbind will not locate hosts whose names are defined in /etc/hosts. This
problem exists in redhat 6.1 and 6.2.

Looks like the problem is in res_gethostbyname (so not really ypbind -
glibc I guess), because when I replaced the call to res_gethostbyname with
gethostbyname and recompiled the problem was fixed.

Comment 1 Cristian Gafton 2000-05-22 15:54:59 UTC
assigned to laroche

Comment 2 Preston Brown 2000-10-16 18:59:08 UTC
res_gethostbyname by definition only uses the resolver, not /etc/hosts, for name
lookup, so there is no problem there.

The question is why ypbind is using the res_  function instead of the regular
glibc function.  I have mailed the author for clarification.

Comment 3 Preston Brown 2000-10-16 19:20:36 UTC
*** Bug 11316 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 4 Preston Brown 2000-10-16 19:39:32 UTC
Answer from the program author:

res_gethostbyname in ypbind-mt is only used if we don't have 
__nss_configure_lookup. The reason is simple: To avoid a deadlock.

If we would use gethostbyname, we are not allowed to add "nis" to
the hosts entry in /etc/nsswitch.conf. So we only allow IP numbers
or use DNS (res_gethostbyname).
But if we have __nss_configure_lookup, we can override the rule in
/etc/nsswitch.conf to use only /etc/hosts and then DNS.
With glibc 2.1 and 2.2 /etc/hosts and DNS should be allowed.

  Thorsten

I.e., this is intentional behaviour.  List the IP address of your NIS server if
the machine is also a DNS server, or if there is no DNS entry.