At 07:54 PM 4/10/2007, RW wrote:
On Tue, 10 Apr 2007 15:52:43 -0500
Derek Ragona <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

> At 03:48 PM 4/10/2007, L33T Networks wrote:
> >What is the second line with, and the hostname ends in a
> >period? I've never seen this in a host file previous to FBSD v.6.
> >
> >apollo# cat /etc/hosts
> >#::1           localhost
> >      localhost
> >   apollo
> >  
> >
> >Is this something that's required for other IP addresses that will
> >be added to the hosts file in the future?
> Names ending in a dot represent the fully qualified domain name.  You
> do it all on one line but it gets too long to easily see and edit.
But that doesn't explain why appears as both a

Actually it does. The partial names are shortcut aliases for that name. On this system you can do things like:
ping apollo

So can any of the network services. Just makes it easier for us humans. As names are just used so us humans don't need to memorize IP addresses.

-Derek --
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