localhost or LAN addresses in /etc/hosts

Chris G cl at isbd.net
Mon Dec 15 19:54:47 UTC 2008

On Mon, Dec 15, 2008 at 02:50:58PM -0400, Derek Broughton wrote:
> Chris G wrote:
> > Er, no, this is where we came in!  I'm using dnsmasq on *one* machine
> > in the LAN and that means I only have to edit *one* /etc/hosts and
> > dnsmasq tells other machines on the network the contents of that one
> > /etc/hosts via DNS.
> Er, no.  That's not what dnsmasq does.  It uses your /etc/hosts (or 
> similar file) to prime its DNS cache.

OK, technically true, but the effect is what I said.  When one of the
other systems asks dnsmasq for the address of something it gets the
address that is in /etc/hosts - unless of course it's not there in
which case dnsmasq passes the request on the the outside world

Chris Green

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