line lengths in /etc/hosts

Erik Nørgaard norgaard at
Wed Mar 27 09:09:44 UTC 2013

On 27 Mar 2013, at 09:57, perryh at (Perry Hutchison) wrote:

> 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:
>    localhost ...
> My version of that line has gotten rather long :)

AFAIK you can have multiple lines. 


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