next gen h2n
kcd at daimlerchrysler.com
Mon Mar 13 20:39:59 UTC 2000
Lars Hecking wrote:
> > > I am looking for a tool that will do sth. like what h2n does but comply
> > > better with bind 8 and nicer in multiple domain handling.
> > > Could anyone send me a pointer?
> > > I am trying to run this tool mainly with Solaris 2.6+ environment.
> > I think you're asking too much from a utility that appears to have been
> > primarily created as a hosts-to-DNS migration tool. Consider taking the
> > plunge and making DNS your "master" name database. There are numerous
> > tools out there that can help maintain zonefiles. If you have some broken
> > software in your environment which (temporarily) *requires* a hosts file,
> > it should be quite easy to write an "n2h" script which would periodically
> > generate one from the zonefiles.
> There's nothing intrinsically "broken" with hosts files.
You apparently misread what I wrote. I characterized as "broken" software
which *requires* a hosts file, i.e. goes directly to the hosts file to do
lookups instead of using the default resolver configuration of the machine.
I never said hosts files were "broken" _per_se_, although their practicality
is IMO quite limited (see below).
> Care to share your decades of sysadmin experience with us?
In my first decade of sysadmin experience I demonstrated, among other things,
that hosts files are not economically viable in an enterprise with more than a
few dozen networked entities. Been there, done that, switched to DNS, never
looked back. And I haven't seen anything so far in the second decade that's
likely to change that assessment...
P.S. If you're going to taunt me, at least try to be original, won't you?
Little Jimmy Keegan (of alt.flame fame) was calling me a "junior sysadmin" 6
or 7 years ago.
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