bin/76089: The "-n" option in /usr/bin/w is broken
PeterJeremy at optushome.com.au
Sun Feb 13 22:20:30 PST 2005
The following reply was made to PR bin/76089; it has been noted by GNATS.
From: Peter Jeremy <PeterJeremy at optushome.com.au>
To: Sergey Matveychuk <sem at freebsd.org>
Cc: freebsd-gnats-submit at freebsd.org, jesper at hackunite.net,
hackers at freebsd.org
Subject: Re: bin/76089: The "-n" option in /usr/bin/w is broken
Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2005 17:16:23 +1100
On Sun, 2005-Feb-13 19:50:44 +0300, Sergey Matveychuk wrote:
>IMHO to be more robust, we should make utmp to hold an IP address
>instead of a hostname and change all applications that use it. As bonus
>it will fix a delay on login when resolving does not work. And last(1)
>will show more useful IP address instead of changable hostname.
Depending on the environment, the IP address may be more changeable
than the hostname. Definitely, in a DHCP or dialup environment, you
can't rely on the IP address at any time other than during the
session. There is little (if any) benefit in logging the IP address
instead of the hostname.
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