What about this solution
xfb52 at dial.pipex.com
Fri Feb 17 11:22:41 PST 2006
Giorgos Keramidas wrote:
>On 2006-02-17 11:59, David Banning <david+dated+1140627600.cba43d at skytracker.ca> wrote:
>>I just put
>>in my /etc/hosts and it solved the problem.
>>Can I have multiple lines, each line with the same IP number in
>>/etc/hosts, with different virtual hosts on the right?
>I think it's ok to have multiple lines, but I'm not sure.
I think it works, but I don't think it's what the man page says and
personally I wouldn't rely on it. I don't know if there is any line
length limit, which matters if you have 50 or 60 host names on the
line. Again the man page doesn't *say* there is a limit, but without
checking source code I wouldn't bet on anything. My longest line is 247
chars without issues I have seen.
From man 5 hosts
> For each host a single line should be present with the following
> Internet address
> official host name
It's not clear to me what that means. If it means "for each official
host name", then IP lines should be duplicatable. If it means "For each
IP address" then multiple lines should not be used.
FWIW, a Linux distro says:
> This file
> is a simple text file that associates IP addresses with
> hostnames, one
> line per IP address
but actually seems to work fine with multiple lines with the same IP
address. Go figure.
>If that solves your immediate problem, then that's ok :)
I didn't follow the thread that closely, but I understood that the wrong
IP (127.0.0.1) was apparently being returned for a host name that should
have had proper IP. Personally, I would want to find and fix that
problem rather than hacking round it, otherwise it may come and bite you
in the bum at some later date. Just my $0.02.
PS At one point I thought you tried and failed to find a man page for
nsswitch.conf. You might want to try again and check your typing as I
can find one just fine of FreeBSD 5.4. host.conf probably doesn't have
one any more because it is superceded by nsswitch.conf.
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