localhost or LAN addresses in /etc/hosts

Neil Cherry ncherry at linuxha.com
Tue Dec 16 07:25:36 UTC 2008

NoOp wrote:
> On 12/15/2008 04:30 PM, Chris G wrote:
>> On Mon, Dec 15, 2008 at 01:57:50PM -0800, NoOp wrote:
>>> On 12/15/2008 11:50 AM, Chris G wrote:
>>>> My /etc/hosts now has:-
>>>>       localhost.localdomain   localhost
>>>> vigor 2820n
>>>> home.isbd.net isbd 84-45-228-40.no-dns-yet.enta.net chris.isbd.net
>>>> home
>>>> maxine
>>>> garage
>>>>     ... plus more lines.
>>>> If I say 'host isbd' on the garage system see what happens:-
>>>>     chris at garage:~$ host isbd
>>>>     isbd has address
>>>>     chris at garage:~$ 
>>>> The garage system has a default /etc/hosts, I've added nothing to it.
>>>> So it seems to me I'm getting exactly what I need, a DNS system that
>>>> gives me valid LAN addresses for local names.
>>> Question: what happens when the single machine with dnsmasq is
>>> down/off-line etc? Wouldn't you be better off putting the IP's in the
>>> /etc/hosts files of each machine (adjusted accordingly of course)?
>> Er, the same as happens when the router is down - not much!  :-)
> Yes, but then you must keep the dnsmasq machine up at all times - what
> ever happend to 'green'... :-)

Well my central server is running my home automation (and everything
else). My DHCP and DNS/Cache runs off the same machine. When it fails
the network is mostly down. I can kick the wrt54g into duty (using
dnsmasq). My current DNS is tinydns. When I admin a new address
I have a few files to update but then again I have a lot more devices
than your average home (I've reserved some 50 addresses). I also use
tinydns/dnscache to block access to certain IP addresses, domains
and/or hosts.

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