Confused on how to properly set /etc/hosts
m.seaman at infracaninophile.co.uk
Sun Aug 6 13:48:03 UTC 2006
Ro BGCT wrote:
> I am new to FreeBSD and am wondering if someone couldt tell me how to
> properly set /etc/hosts. Right now it is:
> 127.0.0.1 localhost localhost.my.domain
> It says to replace "my.domain" with the domain name of my machine. If
> I am using this box remotely and its hostname is "web1.server.net",
> would I make the change like:
> 127.0.0.1 localhost web1.server.net
> Or am I doing it wrong?
The instructions mean you should edit the line to read:
127.0.0.1 localhost localhost.server.net
Generally if you have a fully qualified domain name eg 'web1.server.net'
then 'web1' is frequently referred to as the 'host name' and 'server.net'
as the 'domain name'. It's shorthand, and it's technically not correct[*]
but it's commonly understood.
Don't get too hung up over the /etc/hosts thing. Arguably it's equally
correct to have just:
Any extras on that line won't make any noticeable difference at all on
[*] In the DNS *everything* (fully qualified or not) is a domain name,
whether it refers to a host, a web site, a whole network or whatever.
Dr Matthew J Seaman MA, D.Phil. 7 Priory Courtyard
PGP: http://www.infracaninophile.co.uk/pgpkey Ramsgate
Kent, CT11 9PW
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