How network manager is resolving localhost without /etc/hosts

Rashkae ubuntu at
Sun Dec 27 19:58:43 UTC 2015

On 15-12-27 04:51 AM, Tom H wrote:
> On Fri, Dec 25, 2015 at 11:33 PM, Bruce Ferrell <bferrell at> wrote:
> This isn't an issue regarding the order of resolution of dns queries.
> "localhost." isn't going to be resolved by anything other than
> "files". It turns out that in the NM case, "localhost." is resolved
> without a hosts file unless NM's dns setting is "none".

This statement contradicts itself.  There's nothing different about 
looking up localhost than any other hostname.  (other than the 
assumption that it's always going to be

The system, configured with a default lookup order, will first examine 
hosts file to resolve, then, I guess, some network muticasting (that's 
new to me, but whatever,), then dns.

A default configuration of Bind includes a local zone file with 
localhost, in case a querry makes it to dns for whatever reason.. 
Apparently, NM's dns caching is doing something similar.  But what 
started this whole thread was the belief of the OP that NM dns was 
overruling hosts file, which would only happen if something was wrong 
with nsswitch.conf, or something very wrong with the hosts file.

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