Corporate Reactions to Linux (fwd)

Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton lkcl at
Tue Oct 12 17:47:07 GMT 1999

On Tue, 12 Oct 1999, Mike Black wrote:

> Isn't it possible to query the name first to see if it's registered already

this is what WINS servers should do.  it makes no difference.  failed
registration of DOMAIN_NAME<1b> with the WINS server doesn't stop you
registering DOMAIN_NAME<1b> on broadcast-isolated subnets, particularly if
you're not _using_ a WINS server.

> And, since SAMBA is TCP/IP based can't we do a lookup and see if the name
> matches our IP address?  If this didn't match we should refuse to startup
> (or maybe provide another force flag).

static entries in wins.dat / lmhosts.

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