[Bug 481] New: /etc/hosts files: the hostname shouldn't be "www"

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Sun Jan 26 03:36:02 PST 2003


           Summary: /etc/hosts files: the hostname shouldn't be "www"
           Product: Linux From Scratch
           Version: CVS
          Platform: PC
               URL: http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/view/cvs/chapter07/hosts
        OS/Version: Linux
            Status: UNCONFIRMED
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: Book
        AssignedTo: lfs-book at linuxfromscratch.org
        ReportedBy: stefankrah at bigfoot.com
         QAContact: lfs-book at linuxfromscratch.org

In the sample /etc/hosts files the following lines appear:

====================================================================== www.mydomain.com <value of HOSTNAME> localhost www.mydomain.org <value of HOSTNAME>

In both instances "www" should be replaced by "<value of HOSTNAME>":

========================================================================  <value of HOSTNAME>.mydomain.com <value of HOSTNAME> <value of HOSTNAME>.mydomain.org <value of HOSTNAME>

You could argue that nobody will really take over "www" from the sample
config, but it has happened. I've seen it on lfs-support as well as
in de.comm.software.newsserver.

Programs that will be confused by a line like ...
===================================================   www.mydomain.org   osiris
... include:

syslogd, leafnode (already during installation)

Stefan Krah

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