Bug 665964 - /etc/host.conf is obsolete
/etc/host.conf is obsolete
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: setup (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Ondrej Vasik
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2010-12-28 00:53 EST by ritz
Modified: 2011-04-21 03:15 EDT (History)
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Clone Of: 665962
Last Closed: 2011-01-03 06:51:58 EST
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Description ritz 2010-12-28 00:53:11 EST
+++ This bug was initially created as a clone of Bug #665962 +++

Description of problem:
/etc/host.conf gives no indication that it has been deprecated. Adding comment to the file would be helpful for new users.

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Steps to Reproduce:
1. cat /etc/host.conf
Actual results:
no indication it is deprecated

Expected results:
Should be documented in man pages, /etc/host.conf file itself

Additional info:
reference - https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=144687
Comment 1 Ondrej Vasik 2011-01-03 06:51:58 EST
Well - I tend to say this is NOTABUG - as /etc/host.conf is still in use in glibc (recently we added multi on option to default /etc/host.conf to allow localhost alias even on IPv6 machine). Anyway - man page documenting host.conf file is coming from man-pages package and glibc resolve/res_hconf.c still uses /etc/host.conf - so I think https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=144687 is no longer correct.

Feel free to explain why it should be considered deprecated - and discuss this with glibc maintainer - Andreas Schwab - first. Closing NOTABUG - file still in use (and res_hconf.c uses it by default - with no use of nsswitch.conf).
Comment 2 Siddhesh Poyarekar 2011-04-21 03:15:19 EDT
host.conf is in fact used by glibc is not completely obsolete. But there is no reason for it to be installed by default with the line:

order bind,hosts

since the order keyword is precisely the one that does not do anything anymore. Keeping this intact in a default installation gives the wrong impression that the line is in use.

At the minimum, we could remove this 'order' line and install a blank file in case removal of the file creates confusion about the file not being in use at all.

Can we reopen this bz?

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