Xfce unable to lookup hostname

Andrew Gould andrewlylegould at gmail.com
Fri May 8 03:39:58 UTC 2009

On Thu, May 7, 2009 at 7:26 PM, Daniel Underwood <djuatdelta at gmail.com>wrote:

> I added the line
> "     bsdbox     bsdbox.my.domain"
> and now it works perfectly, thanks!
> Question: what does the line I added tell my computer? I.e., what does
> that line "do"?

The /etc/hosts file is used to map host names to IP addresses.  It is very
useful for assigning names to computers on your home network since those
computers are (probably) not mapped in a DNS system.

As you can see, an IP address, such as (local host and bsdbox),
can be mapped to multiple names.


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