What Is The /etc/hosts File
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:127.0.0.1 localhost220.127.116.11 snoopy beagle hound metlife18.104.22.168 bugs wabbit wascal22.214.171.124 elmer126.96.36.199 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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