[arch-projects] hostname regression

Tom Gundersen teg at jklm.no
Thu Jun 9 13:05:55 EDT 2011

Hi Gaetan,

I just thought of this possible solution: "hostname" does not really
have to be in core, except for its use in initscripts (correct me if
I'm wrong here), so it is ok to keep it in net-tools, and not install
net-tools by default (assuming initscripts somehow can set the
hostname on boot).

If that's correct, we could just install the hostname from coreutil in
some place that is not in PATH, such as /lib/initscripts/hostname
(without installing the manpage), and keep the old hostname in

This is similar to what you suggested (putting it in /usr), except
that it is a bit more clear: either you have hostname or you don't,
you don't have different versions of it depending on what packages are


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