Problem, possibly new for 2.2.0, with lmhosts
davecb at canada.sun.com
Wed May 23 19:26:19 GMT 2001
Steve Langasek wrote:
> Everything that uses netbios name service looks at 'name resolve order', just
> as everything that uses name service looks at /etc/nsswitch.conf. But just as
> bind doesn't look at nsswitch to find out where it should get its DNS
> information, nmbd doesn't look at 'name resolve order' because it's the server
> /providing/ the netbios information, not a client consuming it.
Ok, then I'm going to argue that it's **definitely**
a bug (;-)). I'm merely unsure whether it's
a) the absence of a server-side "name resolve order"
b) the limiting of the existing option to the client
As Steve has pointed out,
> Everything that uses netbios name service looks at 'name resolve order',
as everything that uses name service looks at /etc/nsswitch.conf. But
bind doesn't look at nsswitch to find out where it should get its DNS
And nsswitch.conf is an option, at the system level, that
dictates how the services will be provided to all its clients.
It is limited to a particular machine, but applies to all
(client) programs using that service/server.
Therefor it is logical to provide a similar mechanism
for the Samba server, specifically for the WINS and
older name services, dictating where on the local
machine it looks for the information which is to be
I'm inclined to agree that any files used to add data
to the name service should be different from the
client-side lmhosts file, and will extend the argument
slightly to say that deciding to use dns should be
separate from deciding to use such a file, as is now the
case with the dns proxy option.
Perhaps the best thing is to have an option to select
a wins name resolve order, and limit it to files,
in-memory wins tables, dns and very very optionally
other wins servers and broadcast.
This is not a high-priority issue, as we can kludge it
using dns proxy and injecting the PC names into the
/etc/hosts file: this allows the machines to be seen
as type <20>s...
Anyone looking for a patch to write?
--dave (dinosaur programmer & multician) c-b
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