namedquery.c timing question

Douglas Leonard dleonard at
Wed Jan 17 18:19:28 GMT 2001

I've run into a problem recently with attempting to do a forward lookup to
an invalid host.  My /etc/nsswitch.conf on Solaris 2.6 has the hosts order
set to files wins.  Since the host is invalid the lookup takes the amount
of time set in struct in_addr, int retry_time in namequery.c.  This amount
of time can be shortened by modifying the value of retry_time but I'm
wondering what else this may affect.  Where did the current value for
retry_time come from?  Is it a codified part of the Wins specs or is it
just a best case default of some sort?

Since the lookups occur serially, it would be very, very nice to be able
to set this to a much smaller value but I don't know whether this would
have any unpleasant remifications.


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