line lengths in /etc/hosts
perryh at pluto.rain.com
Wed Mar 27 09:01:02 UTC 2013
Is there a limit on line length in FreeBSD's /etc/hosts?
I'm not finding any mention of such a limit in hosts(5), but
characters beyond the first 660 or so seem to be ignored.
To answer the inevitable followup "why would anyone need such
a long line in /etc/hosts":
With this line in /etc/nsswitch.conf
hosts: files dns
I can easily suppress access to unwanted web sites by adding
names to the localhost line in /etc/hosts, like this:
127.0.0.1 localhost localhost.my.domain bad1.com bad2.com ...
My version of that line has gotten rather long :)
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