unsure about /etc/hosts

Oliver Fuchs oliverfuchs at onlinehome.de
Mon Nov 22 12:25:22 PST 2004


I am at the moment unsure about the localhost entries in my /etc/hosts. From 
/usr/src/etc/hosts I have found this one:

# Host Database
# This file should contain the addresses and aliases for local hosts that
# share this file.  Replace 'my.domain' below with the domainname of your
# machine.
::1			localhost localhost.my.domain		localhost localhost.my.domain

So my hostname is I.and.I so the /etc/hosts entry must be:
::1			localhost localhost.and.I		localhost localhost.and.I

Now regarding some programs (e.g. mutt) this option is not able to deliver
mail locally instead putting it in /var/spool/mqueue or

If I use this:
::1			localhost I.and.I		localhost I.and.I

I have no problems with sending the mail locally. So I am a little bit
confused about what is the correct way to define the localhost in

Thanx in advance

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