performance impact of large /etc/hosts files

Erich Dollansky oceanare at
Tue Dec 11 08:19:33 PST 2007


Warren Block wrote:
> On Tue, 11 Dec 2007, Erich Dollansky wrote:
>> This is really what I want. Just avoiding the traffic, the time and 
>> the optical disturbance caused by all those sites.
>> I would even prefer a method as simple as hosts but linked even to my 
>> user account.
> works fine on Firefox.  Easier to use and 
> more effective than entries in /etc/hosts.
I do not even use Firefox.

hosts has the clear limit that stuff coming from the same site as the 
text I want to read is still shown.

In general, it works fine.

But new sites have new stuff I would like to be filtered out. To make 
these experiences as rare as possible, I collect from friends and the 
Internet hosts files to filter as much as possible.

This resulted in a pretty large file meanwhile.

But the Internet looks much more usable for me now.


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