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/etc/hosts: Text file for mapping hostnames to IP addresses

/etc/hosts is a simple text file of the form:

IP address name other name
127.0.0.1 localhost
216.240.40.165 foo.starshine.org foo

No comments are allowed. You can read more about /etc/hosts using the UNIX/Linux man pages: man 5 hosts (section five of the man pages are for file formats) .

Most UNIX systems and configurations will read the /etc/hosts file before attempting to perform any other sort of lookup (DNS, NIS, LDAP, etc). However this can be subject to the settings in the /etc/nsswitch.conf file (and to the libraries against which system and other programs are linked).

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