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Bug in resolving host names

From: Michael Lindner
Subject: Bug in resolving host names
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2004 17:25:30 -0500
User-agent: Mozilla Thunderbird 0.9 (X11/20041103)

I have rediscovered a bug reported in 2000 and again in 2002, which is still present in current versions of the code:


The claim at the time was it was not a bug, it was as designed:


Quite frankly, if it was designed that way, then the design has a bug.

I am trying to help my company (IDT) to switch several thousand machines from SCO to Linux. These machines are taking real-time phone traffic, and unless I can figure out a way to keep application code from hanging for 30 seconds or so if DNS is down, even though the hosts it's trying to lookup are all in /etc/hosts, we are switching back to SCO.

Please help.
Michael Lindner

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