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Re: [vox-tech] network question: /etc/hosts not being read
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Re: [vox-tech] network question: /etc/hosts not being read

Did you check your /etc/nsswitch.conf file for a:
hosts:      files dns

I think that's the file that tells your system the order in which to do name

----- Original Message -----
From: "Peter Jay Salzman" <p@dirac.org>
To: <vox-tech@lists.lugod.org>
Sent: Wednesday, March 27, 2002 11:49 AM
Subject: [vox-tech] network question: /etc/hosts not being read

> on my laptop, i can't use any of the hostnames on my home network.  in
> other words, "ping satan" yields "unknown host".  all my other systems
> can ping the laptop.
> using strace on satan and doing a "ping laptop", i found that ping first
> reads /etc/hosts.conf, and then reads /etc/hosts.
> however, on the laptop, it reads /etc/hosts.conf and then does NOT read
> /etc/hosts.  ping seems to be ignoring /etc/hosts (which is set up
> correctly).
> using md5sum, i determined that ping is the same on the laptop and
> satan.
> ok, so i know exactly what the problem is: for some reason, ping isn't
> consulting /etc/hosts.  and neither is telnet-ssl and ftp.
> now the question is -- why?  i've never seen this before.  everything
> else i can think of looks healthy.
> pete
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