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>We're trying to minimize our dependancy on a fully populated /etc/host file.
>We have peer-to-peer, local group-grope, and hierarchy references.
>Each computer uses IP over low bandwidth radio, where UDP is favored over TCP
>(analogous to a radio broadcast versus establishing sucessive 1-1 connections.)
>Any chance someone has looked at using <nsswitch.conf> host: file ldap
>(RedHat 7.2) such that all communications are connectionless UDP?

I think LDAP is UDP.

>If not, we'd love to hack at it ourselves.  Guidelines?  Suggestions?

Why not create multiple replicants?  Then you only need to transmit rare 
changes and "everyone" can keep a copy locally.  Certainly helps sites 
connected via VPNs.

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