"hosts" file for jails (ezjail)

Fbsd8 fbsd8 at a1poweruser.com
Mon Aug 25 15:29:10 UTC 2014

Erich Dollansky wrote:
> Hi,
> On Sun, 24 Aug 2014 21:35:29 -0400
> Stephen Cook <sclists at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Is there a way to get a bunch of jails (I'm using ezjail) to share
>> the same hosts file, preferably one stored somewhere on the host OS?
>> I tried putting a symlink in the "flavour" template but when a jail
>> is created with that the symlink within the jail pointed to itself
>> and gave me some sort of recursive error when I tried to "cat" it.
>> I'd like to be able to update the file when I add a new jail, and
>> have the others able to connect to it by whatever stupid name I give
>> it, without editing all those different hosts files. But I suspect
>> the whole point of jails being kept separate from the host filesystem
>> might be in my way.
>> Any advice is welcome! Thanks!
> what you want is against the idea of jails. What you can do, creates in
> the root filesystem the hosts file and write a script which copies it
> then into the jails.
> Erich

This is a an error in the handbook. This is NOT required by ezjail or 
jail(8). The author has made a great mistake in publishing this 
mis-leading information. You may safely disregard all comments made in 
the new handbook jail ezjail section about the jails /etc/hosts file.

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