Debian Bug report logs - #719621
debian-reference: /etc/hosts description too old.

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Package: debian-reference; Maintainer for debian-reference is Osamu Aoki <>; Source for debian-reference is src:debian-reference.

Reported by: Osamu Aoki <>

Date: Tue, 13 Aug 2013 16:51:08 UTC

Severity: normal

Found in version debian-reference/2.50

Fixed in version debian-reference/2.51

Done: Osamu Aoki <>

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From: Osamu Aoki <>
To: Debian Bug Tracking System <>
Subject: debian-reference: /etc/hosts description too old.
Date: Wed, 14 Aug 2013 01:50:03 +0900
Package: debian-reference
Version: 2.50
Severity: normal

On debian-devel ML:

Date: Mon, 5 Aug 2013 13:08:28 -0400
From: Thomas Hood <>
Subject: Fwd: /etc/hosts and resolving of the local host/domainname -

Sorry I'm a bit late contributing to this discussion.

Christoph Anton Mitterer wrote:
> The eventual result[1] was that Debian nowadays ships
> /etc/hosts like these per default:
> localhost
> <host_name>.<domain_name> <host_name>
> As also described in the Debian reference[2].

That's not entirely accurate. Wheezy and Ubuntu Desktop install
an /etc/hosts like the following, without a domain_name. localhost <host_name>

The Debian Reference is out of date.

I should update with mDNS description.

... pending in VCS

-- System Information:
Debian Release: jessie/sid
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable'), (500, 'testing'), (500, 'stable'), (100, 'experimental')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
Foreign Architectures: i386

Kernel: Linux 3.10-2-rt-amd64 (SMP w/8 CPU cores; PREEMPT)
Locale: LANG=en_US.utf8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.utf8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages debian-reference depends on:
ii  debian-reference-en  2.50

Versions of packages debian-reference recommends:
ii  debian-reference-fr  2.50
ii  debian-reference-it  2.50
ii  debian-reference-ja  2.50
ii  debian-reference-pt  2.50

debian-reference suggests no packages.

-- no debconf information

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Message #12 received at (full text, mbox):

From: Osamu Aoki <>
Subject: debian-reference: /etc/hosts description too old.
Date: Wed, 14 Aug 2013 13:00:46 +0900

There seems to be many open issues discussed around
So things may change.

But for now, DR is updated from
> localhost
> <host_name>.<domain_name> <host_name>
to new
> localhost
> <host_name>

Let me document related changes.

  The Debian Installer creates this entry for a system without a
  permanent IP address as a workaround for some software (e.g., GNOME) as
  documented in the bug #316099.

This old text is now changed to point to this bug report.

Hmmmm, bug #316099 stated as: localhost.localdomain localhost pengo
So old text was not exactly as referenced.

There are some discussion on how this entry is created.  So it may
change soon.  If anyone sees changes, please report bug to
debian-reference  package using reportbug problem.


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Message #17 received at (full text, mbox):

From: Osamu Aoki <>
Subject: Bug#719621: fixed in debian-reference 2.51
Date: Fri, 20 Dec 2013 11:00:06 +0000
Source: debian-reference
Source-Version: 2.51

We believe that the bug you reported is fixed in the latest version of
debian-reference, which is due to be installed in the Debian FTP archive.

A summary of the changes between this version and the previous one is

Thank you for reporting the bug, which will now be closed.  If you
have further comments please address them to,
and the maintainer will reopen the bug report if appropriate.

Debian distribution maintenance software
Osamu Aoki <> (supplier of updated debian-reference package)

(This message was generated automatically at their request; if you
believe that there is a problem with it please contact the archive
administrators by mailing

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Format: 1.8
Date: Thu, 19 Dec 2013 21:35:11 +0900
Source: debian-reference
Binary: debian-reference-common debian-reference debian-reference-en debian-reference-de debian-reference-fr debian-reference-it debian-reference-ja debian-reference-pt
Architecture: source all
Version: 2.51
Distribution: unstable
Urgency: low
Maintainer: Osamu Aoki <>
Changed-By: Osamu Aoki <>
 debian-reference - metapackage to install (all) translations of Debian Reference
 debian-reference-common - Debian system administration guide, common files
 debian-reference-de - Debian system administration guide, German translation
 debian-reference-en - Debian system administration guide, English original
 debian-reference-fr - Debian system administration guide, French translation
 debian-reference-it - Debian system administration guide, Italian translation
 debian-reference-ja - Debian system administration guide, Japanese translation
 debian-reference-pt - Debian system administration guide, Portuguese translation
Closes: 609238 650402 652629 691653 691747 691748 691752 694167 696994 708015 711635 711638 711645 713029 715012 718875 719621 720720 720730 721110 721251 724542 726825 726937 729803 731844 732158 732447
 debian-reference (2.51) unstable; urgency=low
   [ David Prévot ]
   * French translation proofread. Closes: #691747, #691748
   [ Osamu Aoki ]
   * Migration to the new GIT repo.
   * Update for fop since it is now in main.
   * Fix typo s/ifmeric/ifmetric/g.  Closes: #609238
   * Update for GNOME3. Closes: #650402
   * Add few tools such as calibre.  Closes: #691653
   * Update around the locale description.  Closes: #691748, #691752
   * Update Table 2.16. The usable characters.  Closes: #694167
   * Add tip to run newgrp after updating /etc/group.  Closes: #711635
   * Address netwok non-transparency of X using SHM.  Closes: #711638
   * Update for SysV init, systemd, upstart, etc. Closes: #711645
   * Update LVM dropping the old write barrier issue.  Closes: #713029
   * Update s/POSIX shell/POSIX-like shell/ and the zsh behavior.
     Closes: #715012
   * Add note on backup of the pseudo-filesystem.  Closes: #718875
   * Update description on /etc/hosts.  Closes: #719621, #724542
   * Update Makefile to avoid possible race.  Closes: #720720
   * Update apt-get / apt-cache vs. aptitude.  Closes: #721110
   * Update with multi-arch. Closes: #721251
   * Update for dpkg-deb supporting xz compression. Closes: #726825
   * Fix typo for ~/.bash_profile.  Closes: #729803
   * Update contents for Linux version 3.0, xz, ext4, extundelete, ext4magic,
     obnam, git, GRUB2, ttf -> fonts
   * Reorder and reindent contents for init, git, backup, obnam, rdiff-backup
   * Update compat to 9 and policy to 3.9.4.
   * Add keywords to .desktop.
   * Update build script to report number of fuzzy/untranslated translations.
   * Add German translation package.
   * Update translations. (ja, fr, it)  Closes: #708015, #732447
   * Add epub support. Closes: #652629
   * Move files used by /usr/bin/debian-reference from /usr/share/doc to
     /usr/share/debian-reference based on the Debian Policy 12.3.
   [Holger Wansing]
   * Translate to german and update English typos (Ch1-Ch5, Ch9, Ap).
     Closes: #696994, #720730, #726937, #731844, #732158
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