Question about the /etc/hosts file
derek at computinginnovations.com
Wed Apr 11 13:58:38 UTC 2007
At 07:54 PM 4/10/2007, RW wrote:
>On Tue, 10 Apr 2007 15:52:43 -0500
>Derek Ragona <derek at computinginnovations.com> wrote:
> > At 03:48 PM 4/10/2007, L33T Networks wrote:
> > >What is the second line with 10.20.30.199, and the hostname ends in a
> > >period? I've never seen this in a host file previous to FBSD v.6.
> > >
> > >apollo# cat /etc/hosts
> > >#::1 localhost.mydomain.com localhost
> > >127.0.0.1 localhost.mydomain.com localhost
> > >10.20.30.199 apollo.mydomain.com apollo
> > >10.20.30.199 apollo.mydomain.com.
> > >
> > >Is this something that's required for other IP addresses that will
> > >be added to the hosts file in the future?
> > Names ending in a dot represent the fully qualified domain name. You
> > do it all on one line but it gets too long to easily see and edit.
>But that doesn't explain why apollo.mydomain.com. appears as both a
>FQDN and a PQDN
Actually it does. The partial names are shortcut aliases for that
name. On this system you can do things like:
So can any of the network services. Just makes it easier for us
humans. As names are just used so us humans don't need to memorize IP
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