On Tuesday 11 December 2007 05:18:40 Erich Dollansky wrote: > Hi, > > I wonder what the performance impact of the entries in /etc/hosts really > is. > > What is your experience? > > Google tells me a lot of hosts running FreeBSD but I could not find > anything regarding the hosts file itself. > > I use hosts for filtering all unwanted content on my personal machine.
That's not apparent. What are your filtering? and how do your filter using /etc/hosts? From "man hosts": DESCRIPTION The hosts file contains information regarding the known hosts on the net- work. It can be used in conjunction with DNS, and the NIS maps `hosts.byaddr' and `hosts.byname', as controlled by nsswitch.conf(5). For example, my computer's name is iris.teledomenet.gr. This is not a fully qualified hostname. It's not in the Domain Name System. So, I have to enter this information manually to my /etc/hosts, so my OS will know that iris.teledomenet.gr is the local host. Example /etc/hosts: 192.168.1.71 iris iris.teledomenet.gr I recall that before DNS(that's a long time ago) the mapping between IP addresses and hostnames was achieved using /etc/hosts. And one could get a hosts file from a well known place(IANA?) The only "filtering" I can imagine of, is using something like 127.0.0.1 badhosts.com But all you get is misinforming *your* resolver that badhosts.com is on 127.0.0.1, that is, *you* cannot connect to badhosts.com. badhosts.com can connect to your machine just fine. And I doubt that's what you want. Please, clarify a bit. Nikos _______________________________________________ email@example.com mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"