Ro BGCT wrote: > Hello, > > I am new to FreeBSD and am wondering if someone couldt tell me how to > properly set /etc/hosts. Right now it is: > > 127.0.0.1 localhost localhost.my.domain > > It says to replace "my.domain" with the domain name of my machine. If > I am using this box remotely and its hostname is "web1.server.net", > would I make the change like: > > 127.0.0.1 localhost web1.server.net > > Or am I doing it wrong?
The instructions mean you should edit the line to read: 127.0.0.1 localhost localhost.server.net Generally if you have a fully qualified domain name eg 'web1.server.net' then 'web1' is frequently referred to as the 'host name' and 'server.net' as the 'domain name'. It's shorthand, and it's technically not correct[*] but it's commonly understood. Don't get too hung up over the /etc/hosts thing. Arguably it's equally correct to have just: 127.0.0.1 localhost Any extras on that line won't make any noticeable difference at all on most setups. Cheers, Matthew [*] In the DNS *everything* (fully qualified or not) is a domain name, whether it refers to a host, a web site, a whole network or whatever. -- Dr Matthew J Seaman MA, D.Phil. 7 Priory Courtyard Flat 3 PGP: http://www.infracaninophile.co.uk/pgpkey Ramsgate Kent, CT11 9PW
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