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Re: Getting Hosts to work.
The internet is just a large collection of confined networks, and as you
noted there are times when it's easier to administer hosts in LDAP.
Both Solaris and HP-UX seem to be moving this way.
You represent the remaining 1%. What you are attempting to do is replace
a NIS-based hosts database with an ldap based one. Its only possible
justification would be, if that were to use it as a single reference for
many hosts on a confined network, to make administration reasier. This
is how people did things in the 1980s, until confined networks became
Today people use DNS.
It's a perfectly fine protocol. Why do you think it matters what the
database is actually stored in though? A LDAP->DNS bridge is hardly
magic or even complicated.
I don't think anyone is suggesting using LDAP to resolve names across
the internet, but on individual confined networks it works fine and
makes a lot of sense. I've got more servers than I care to think about
that will _never_ get any sort of connection from the internet, let
alone a DNS query.
I really like like the idea of every machine on my network having a
detailed directory entry with useful information, and why should I then
duplicate hostname and IP address into another database?