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Re: bug in hostname

From: Paul Jarc
Subject: Re: bug in hostname
Date: Tue, 07 Oct 2003 14:07:49 -0400
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Jim Meyering <address@hidden> wrote:
> But bear in mind that the vast majority of users don't have a
> problem because they use these tools via a distribution mechanism
> (.rpm, .deb) that arranges not to install programs like hostname
> that can cause trouble.

Still, it would be nice to make less work for packagers, and for users
installing from source.

> What's wrong with coreutils' kill?

Just a missing feature.  With util-linux's kill, you can say "kill
progname"; it will look for processes called progname running as the
same user who invoked kill.  Not such a big deal, but it's handy.

> I'm open to the idea of not installing hostname.

The GNU(/Hurd) system will need a hostname program, so throwing away
this one may not be a great idea.  Adding the -s and --fqdn options to
GNU hostname might make the most sense.  C.f. the GNU sysutils
project, intended to replace util-linux.


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