[pkg-dhcp-devel] Bug#628141: isc-dhcp-client: Debian dhclient-script hostname logic broken (tests unset $host_name)

Edgar Fuss ef at math.uni-bonn.de
Fri May 27 15:02:57 UTC 2011

Package: isc-dhcp-client
Version: 4.1.1-P1-15+squeeze2
Severity: normal
Tags: patch

The logic in Debian's dhclient-script as when to set hostname to the DHCP supplied new_host_name seems completly broken. It uses an now unset variable ``host_name''; since that will always be empty, the test always fails and the hostname ist never set.

The idea behind the test in the upstream original dhclient-script seems to be
-- if the current hostname is different from what the last invocation of DHCP gave, it was probably set by the user, so leave it alone.
-- otherwise, if the hostname obtained by DHCP this time is the same as it was last time, there's no need to change is, so leave it alone.
-- else, set the hostname to what DHCP supplied.

The attached patch implements this logic (or so I hope).

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 6.0.1
  APT prefers stable
  APT policy: (500, 'stable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux (SMP w/1 CPU core)
Locale: LANG=de_DE at euro, LC_CTYPE=de_DE at euro (charmap=ISO-8859-15)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages isc-dhcp-client depends on:
ii  debianutils         3.4                  Miscellaneous utilities specific t
ii  iproute             20100519-3           networking and traffic control too
ii  isc-dhcp-common     4.1.1-P1-15+squeeze2 common files used by all the isc-d
ii  libc6               2.11.2-10            Embedded GNU C Library: Shared lib

isc-dhcp-client recommends no packages.

Versions of packages isc-dhcp-client suggests:
pn  avahi-autoipd                 <none>     (no description available)
pn  resolvconf                    <none>     (no description available)

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