Adding or editing an entry in /etc/hosts

Derek Broughton news at
Mon Jan 8 19:55:54 UTC 2007

Martin Marcher wrote:

> Hello,
> Am 08.01.2007 um 16:24 schrieb Derek Broughton:
>> Brian Lunergan wrote:
>>> Based on Rebel Lion's suggestion my hosts file no contains:
>>> localhost.localdomain localhost
>>> ubuntu
>> OK, that explains _that_ odd entry in my hosts file.  I just
>> removed " othello" (my host name) from hosts a few days ago,
>> because it was interfering with "hostname -d" (which I use for network
>> identification) when I was not actually connected to a network. I
>> didn't
>> recognize it, but assumed I must have added it.  Now I suspect my
>> fresh
>> install of edgy did it.  Maybe it did have a use... :-)
> A common use for those addresses are adblockers (maybe you installed
> one ages ago?). Purpose is (for example)

Definitely not.  In the first place, I just let Konqueror handle that, and
in the second it was _my_ host name that was there.  
>> Can someone explain what is supposed to be?  Maybe it's just
>> supposed to be "anything". I can't believe I've been using Linux for a
>> decade and only just discovered that all 127.x.x.x addresses seem
>> to map to the local machine.
> Yes is reserved for local host, everything with those IP
> addresse routes back to localhost.


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