blizzard conference

Tom Spear speeddymon at
Tue May 8 12:27:49 CDT 2007

On 5/8/07, Jesse Allen <the3dfxdude at> wrote:
> On 5/7/07, Kai Blin <kai.blin at> wrote:
> > On Tuesday 08 May 2007 05:34, Dan Kegel wrote:
> > > Hey, that's only an hour away, maybe I / Lei / Nigel can drop by.
> > >
> > > But what's the "itchy /etc/hosts bug"?  Is that
> > > ?
> >
> > I would assume so. I don't know if telling them is going to fix anything,
> > though. For new games, I hope they're not using gethostbyname(gethostname())
> > anyway. For the other issues that are hitting us with that bug, all seem to
> > be valid winsock programming. I'd rather have someone talk to them about
> > better overall wine compatibility.
> >
> Right, Diablo 2 does use gethostbyname in a bad way. But I think
> distros should just manage the /etc/hosts file better.
I kinda tend to agree, but the question on their end would be
something along the lines of "with most users using dynamic ip's, how
do you propose that we link the hostname to the current ip?"

One idea would be to setup a cron job that checks ifconfig for the ip
of ethx, and then changes /etc/hosts accordingly.  But then how would
you handle users that either a) dont have cron installed, or b) dont
use an ethernet card (i.e. they use wireless, or are hooked to the
cable modem via usb cable, or are using dialup)..  Maybe inetd/xinetd
need to be rewritten from the ground up? lol I dont think that will
happen any time soon.

The best bet is for wine to work with what it has and build in support
somehow for each scenario as we come to it.



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