Marc Ernst Eddy van Woerkom <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:

> I have a small network of two boxes and experience some
> oddities so that I would be glad for some advice.


> Where I seem to have problems is DNS.
> I get nameserver lookups (the name server is at my provider),
> which result in a phone connection, even if a local name
> (I mean something I put in /etc/hosts already)
> is resolved.

Lookups on which machine are triggering the dial out?  If you're not
running your own server, the second machine will need to do lookups
too, and will need its own hosts entries.

If you use ppp(8) to connect, you can set a filter to tell it not to
let DNS requests cause a dial...
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