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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

When I saw this, I thought "/etc/nsswitch.conf"... I was unaware that
there had been a different file performing this function in the past.
Apparently glibc's gethostbyname() switched to using /etc/nsswitch.conf in
place of the /etc/host.conf used by libc5's implementation of

So much history... I must have slept too much in class... :)

On Wed, 27 Mar 2002, Matt Roper wrote:

> What does your /etc/host.conf contain?  I think it should have a line
> which says
>     order hosts,bind
> which tells programs to first check /etc/hosts and then try a DNS
> lookup if that fails.
> Matt
> On Wed, Mar 27, 2002 at 09:49:46AM -0800, Peter Jay Salzman wrote:
> > 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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