Dagmar d'Surreal dagmar.wants at nospam.com
Fri Apr 30 12:43:14 PDT 2004

On Fri, 2004-04-30 at 12:25, Matthew Burgess wrote:
> On Fri, 30 Apr 2004 13:26:18 +0100
> Declan Moriarty <declan.moriartyt at ntlworld.ie> wrote:
> > Nowadays all this is easier. There default search behaviour is set up
> > in/etc/host.conf, which didn't exist previously.
> I'm sure you intended to write '/etc/resolv.conf' there didn't you? 
> /etc/hosts is now provided/used for those machines that can't be
> resolved via the dns servers listed in /etc/resolv.conf, or at least
> that's my understanding.  Networking has never been (and probably
> never will be) my strong point, so this may be subject to correction.

host.conf is where one used to set whether or not the resolver or the
hosts file is searched first when trying to translate a hostname to an
IP.  You'll see it used more on non-glibc systems than Linux ones.
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