At Sun, 4 Jul 2004 it looks like David Fuchs composed:
> Excellent, ping does resolve a new entry in /etc/hosts properly. So as
> you said, `host' is doing it's own thing. The manpage for host gives me
> some leads which I'll follow through on.
Hmm, in the Unix boxes I've seen, there is a file called /etc/nsswitch.conf
that will have a line called "hosts:" it will dictate the order by which names
are resolved. If you have the following your system will look at the
/etc/hosts file first, then NISplus, then DNS. If you were to have "dns"
first, it would ignore your /etc/hosts file (first) and hit your dns looking
hosts: files nisplus dns
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