Hosts file

Aaron Konstam akonstam at
Sat Oct 13 20:21:24 UTC 2007

On Sun, 2007-10-14 at 04:14 +0930, Tim wrote:
> Tim:
> >> The sorts of things that a DHCP client can and can't do are user
> >> configurable, by customising "/etc/dhclient.conf"> 
> Aaron Konstam
> > You have it sort of backwards. /etc/dhclient.conf tells the DHCP server
> > what the client wants it do do. It does not determine what the DHCP
> > server is allowed to do on its own volition.
> It determines what your client asks of the server, and what attention it
> pays to what the server tells it.  Yes, it doesn't change how the server
> behaves, it changes how the client reacts.  You can set your client not
> to ask for name servers, set it to include some addresses of your own in
> addition to the server, and so on.
> > If the file is empty and it is on my client the hosts file should,d be
> > untouched.
> That would depend on the defaults.  The defaults would, most likely, be
> to do everything that the DHCP server tells you to.

We are getting nowhere. Have you ever experiences an instance when the DHCP has changed
the hosts file so that its previous contents are erased?
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