I am trying to redirect a URL request to a different address but it appears 
that /etc/hosts is not doing the job.  Example:  google.com

The way I understand it is that by typing google.com in a web browser it 
should result in the local page being displayed.  It instead goes to the 
proper Google page.  

`ping google.com' actually pings but `host google' returns the 
actual IP addresses for google.  

/etc/nsswitch.conf has `hosts: files dns' and host.conf has `hosts\n dns'

Any idea why the system calls are not honouring /etc/hosts?



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