[arch-general] Where has my /etc/networks gone?

Magnus Therning magnus at therning.org
Mon Nov 14 12:53:59 EST 2011

On Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 05:18:07PM +0200, Mantas M. wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 02:28:57PM +0100, Magnus Therning wrote:
> > I'm playing around with schroot and when creating a chroot with
> > "type=directory" I at first failed to start it. The reason seems to be
> > the lack of the file "/etc/networks".  I created an empty one, and
> > that was accepted by schroot.  However, the man page (networks(5)) is
> > rather cryptic, so what is this file for?  Would it not be better to
> > always have one (albeit empty) by default?
> '/etc/networks' lists IP networks, similar to how '/etc/hosts' lists
> individual hosts -- except it's not really used for anything, which
> is why some distros stopped including it. I think `route` from
> net-tools is the only command that still uses the names defined in
> '/etc/networks'. For example:
> | loopback   127
> | link-local 169.254
> | home-lan   192.168.42
> | # no CIDR support, by the way

Interesting, maybe schroot's reliance on /etc/networks should be
reported as a bug then.


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