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Date:      Tue, 18 Apr 95 9:12:38 EDT
From:      kcw@grumpy.ksc.nasa.gov (Ken Whedbee)
To:        questions@FreeBSD.org
Subject:   PPP and dynamic IPs
Message-ID:  <9504181312.AA08658@grumpy.ksc.nasa.gov>

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I guess this question isn't really FreeBSD specific, but I thought
you guys would know best.

I'm connecting to the internet (from FreeBSD2.0 patched) through
a dialup PPP (Internet Service Provider) account which assigns
an IP number dynamically.  My question is, do I have to setup 
anything in my /etc/hosts and /etc/host.conf files or should my
machine become aware of its IP automagically ?

Do I need to specify my hostname in the /etc/hosts file ?

What order should DNS lookup and /etc/hosts lookup be in the /etc/host.conf
file ?

I was tring to talk to the ISP's nntp server (telnet to the port number)
and it was saying "host not in nntp access file .. error code 502".
The ISP claims their floating IPs are in the nntp access file.  If I
ping myself it shows the dynamically assigned IP.

Any insights ?

-- 
Ken Whedbee



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