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Re: /etc/hosts and system entries



On Thu, 27 Sep 2007 10:10:42 -0400
Simo Sorce <ssorce redhat com> wrote:

> On Thu, 2007-09-27 at 10:02 -0400, David Cantrell wrote:
> > On Thu, 27 Sep 2007 09:59:16 -0400
> > Harry Hoffman <hhoffman ip-solutions net> wrote:
> > 
> > > So, /etc/hosts comes setup by default (i.e. after kickstart install)
> > > 
> > > # Do not remove the following line, or various programs
> > > # that require network functionality will fail.
> > > 127.0.0.1               localhost.localdomain localhost
> > > 
> > > I'm fairly certain to not too long ago (redhat-9 perhaps) the hostname 
> > > of the system was also added to the localhost entry:
> > > 
> > > 127.0.0.1  my.host.com my localhost.localdomain localhost
> > > 
> > > 
> > > This had the distinct advantage that when apps (i.e. yum-updatesd) sent 
> > > mail from the system via a mail host then address would appear as:
> > > root my host com  instead of root localhost com
> > > 
> > > Am I remembering correctly, in terms of how I believe it used to be? If 
> > > so, anyone know why it changed?
> > 
> > https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=253979
> > 
> > Fixed in rawhide.
> > 
> > Why it changed...don't know, but I'll take the blame since I'm responsible for a lot of the network gutting and rewriting in anaconda.  Most likely a mistake on my part.
> 
> 
> Please, PLEASE, reconsider.
> I've long hated this thing of assigning the hostname to 127.0.0.1, it
> always breaks when using kerberos/winbindd as the hostname needs to
> reflect the public facing ip.
> 
> I personally think that Gnome is at fault here, is there any smarter way
> to at least change the hostname mappingi hosts when the main network
> interface gets an IP?

OK, now this is making sense as to why it changed before.  It's incorrect.

So here we are where a certain group of people want the hostname added to the 127.0.0.1 line and another group that doesn't.  I tend to agree with the latter, but I would rather explore this post F-8 than now.  Removing it, yet again, in rawhide after F-8 is released and any bugs that get opened we determine the program that's at fault and reassign the bug to that package.  It'll be annoying to users, but I think it's best to not have the hostname on the 127.0.0.1 line.

-- 
David Cantrell <dcantrell redhat com>
Red Hat / Westford, MA

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