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strange gethostsbyname error...

What is the errno returned:
      The variable h_errno can have the following values:

              The specified host is unknown.

              The requested name is valid but does not have an IP

              A non-recoverable name server error occurred.

              A temporary error occurred on an authoritative name
              server.  Try again later.

Also, do you use sethostent() and endhostent();

On 18 Jun 2002 at 13:03, Frank Ramsay wrote:

> I'm down at a client site doing some troubleshooting and I've come across a 
> very strange gethostbyname error.  It's returning NULL on a hostname in the 
> /etc/hosts file.  What happens is when the remote server goes down the 
> client program tries to re-connect every few hundred times though it's main 
> loop.  The idea being it will re-connect when server comes back up.  When it 
> first comes up it works, but after an hour or two gethostbyname starts to 
> fail.  Has anyone seen anything like this before?
> redhat 7.2
> glibc-2.2.4-19
> -fjr
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