What Is The /etc/hosts File

  • 9 Feb, 2012

    The correspondence between host names and IP addresses is maintained in a file called hosts in the (top-level) directory /etc. On most systems, any user can read this file. (A word of caution: on many systems, printing this file may be injurious to local paper supply!!)Entries in this file look like the following: localhost192.217.44.208 snoopy beagle hound metlife153.110.34.18 bugs wabbit wascal153.110.34.19 elmer153.110.34.20 samNote that more than one name may be associated with a given IP address. This file is used when converting from IP address to host name and vice versa.

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