Erich Dollansky wrote:

Alex Zbyslaw wrote:

Erich Dollansky wrote:

Assuming I've understood your initial post correctly, then I do the same, redirecting some dozen ad sites to a local web server. With a

this is how I started. Then friends did the same. We exchanged the files. We added hosts files from the Internet.

dozen or so aliases I've never noticed any difference in performance, but I suspect you have rather more than that :-) I could never quite be

I also do not notice a difference. Especially news sites with all the ads are even faster as there is no waiting for the ads.

I'm pretty sure you could also do the same with a local DNS server, if

This is what I am thinking of since some time but I never did.

It would have the additional advantage of faster name resolution.

Having a DNS on every machine seems like a real overkill to me.

Why would you have DNS on every machine? I don't know what your setup is like, but any separate network (like your home, your office) would only need one(*) DNS server for the entire network. Of course, everyone then gets their ads blocked, not just you :-) No way to make it per-user that I can think of. But, you could run 1 DNS and only point hosts which wished to participate in the ad blocking at that DNS server and let others do their resolution however they normally do it (ISP DNS, company DNS).

There's no clean solutions to getting different lookups per-user that I

The clen solution is hosts.

It's not per-user, which was what you originally asked.

Unclean solutions might include something like making the hosts file

This is something I would like to avoid.

If you want different name resolution per user, then I see little alternative to something like this. I'm not even sure it's possible, to be honest, but then name resolution was never expected to be per user :-(


Yes, you should probably have a second, slave DNS if your network is more than a couple of hosts. Setting up a DNS is not actually that hard.

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