Why does Windows have
%systemroot%/system32/drivers/etc/hosts, as opposed to something more "Windowsy"? It feels like a relic from the BSD derivative Windows got some bits from eons ago. Is this purely a compatibility thing?
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Yes it arrived with Microsoft's adoption of TCP/IP based on the BSD sockets API as implemented according to the WinSock spec.
Compatible as in
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