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Re: bug in hostname

From: Paul Jarc
Subject: Re: bug in hostname
Date: Thu, 09 Oct 2003 16:21:11 -0400
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address@hidden (Bob Proulx) wrote:
> Why can't GNU/Hurd use the code from the net-tools package?

Maybe it could.  But net-tools also provides commands such as ifconfig
and route, which are Linux-specific (in terms of their implementation
details).  I don't know whether their hostname command is also
Linux-specific, but GNU might decide it's easier to toss the whole
package - especially since GNU hostname already exists, minimal though
it may be - than try to track own any non-portable spots.  Or not; I
can only speculate.

> Accepting them but silently doing nothing would be wrong if the
> action expected was not implemented.



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