[TUHS] [COFF] Pondering the hosts file

Clem Cole clemc at ccc.com
Fri Mar 12 04:02:22 AEST 2021

Grant, are you asking about a multi-homed host?

IIRC the original BSD code did the first hit and stop, when looking
something up.  What we sometimes did was give the host an alias :  host-en
for the ethernet and host-pro proteon HW.   Host would be on both lines, so
you wanted to make the first 'host' to be the default.

On Thu, Mar 11, 2021 at 12:13 PM Grant Taylor via COFF <coff at minnie.tuhs.org>

> Hi,
> I'm not sure where this message best fits; TUHS, COFF, or Internet
> History, so please forgive me if this list is not the best location.
> I'm discussing the hosts file with someone and was wondering if there's
> any historical documentation around it's format and what should and
> should not be entered in the file.
> I've read the current man page on Gentoo Linux, but suspect that it's
> far from authoritative.  I'm hoping that someone can point me to
> something more authoritative to the hosts file's format, guidelines
> around entering data, and how it's supposed to function.
> A couple of sticking points in the other discussion revolve around how
> many entries a host is supposed to have in the hosts file and any
> ramifications for having a host appear as an alias on multiple lines /
> entries.  To whit, how correct / incorrect is the following:
>       host.example.net        host
>       localhost       host.example.net        host
> --
> Grant. . . .
> unix || die
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