performance impact of large /etc/hosts files

Warren Block wblock at
Wed Dec 12 11:07:51 PST 2007

On Wed, 12 Dec 2007, Alex Zbyslaw wrote:
> Warren Block wrote:

>> Like AdblockPlus.
> According to it's web pages "*Note*: It is recommended to use at least 
> Firefox 2.0, Thunderbird 2.0, SeaMonkey 1.1 or Songbird 0.2. Older versions 
> receive less testing and support for them is likely to be dropped in a few 
> months."
> The other schemes mentioned in this thread (hosts, DNS, squid) work with any 
> and every web browser.  The OP already said he doesn't use Firefox.

Guess I missed that.  Having tried entries in /etc/hosts and 
squid in an company setting, Adblock is so much easier that I don't want 
to think about going back.

It may be possible to use an Adblock "subscription" to update a squid 
setup.  That would provide the best of both.

-Warren Block * Rapid City, South Dakota USA

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