performance impact of large /etc/hosts files

Heiko Wundram (Beenic) wundram at
Wed Dec 12 04:08:20 PST 2007

Am Mittwoch, 12. Dezember 2007 13:01:14 schrieb Alex Zbyslaw:
> <snip explanation>
> I don't see how a firewall is appropriate for this (hosts.allow,
> likewise).  The point of the exercise is to never even contact the ad host.

Transparent proxy with squid on the firewall? There's even plugins to manage 
exactly this kind of ad-blocking with squid; although I don't currently know 
the extension's name.

This is pretty much going to be your only option to do this in a centralized 

Heiko Wundram
Product & Application Development

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