Could you please enable the "options" feature at compile time?
Look at hosts_options(5) to see what I mean and for what reason...
A hunk of the patch that is already applied to create the package:
@@ -461,7 +461,7 @@
# Uncomment the next definition to turn on the language extensions
# (examples: allow, deny, banners, twist and spawn).
-#STYLE = -DPROCESS_OPTIONS # Enable language extensions.
+STYLE = -DPROCESS_OPTIONS # Enable language extensions.