I'm doing web development on Mac OS X (10.6) and to speed this up created a few virtual hosts with short, easy-to-type names like sandbox.drupal7.loc and gwwc.drupal7.loc. I did so following the instructions at http://drupal.org/node/463262 (which involve editing /etc/hosts among other things). Initially this worked but at some unknown point, it has stopped working.
Viewing /etc/hosts shows that the following line that I needed has been deleted:
127.0.0.1 localhost gwwc.drupal7.local drupal6.local newni.loc
Somehow it had reverted to an earlier version of the file, containing (among other lines):
127.0.0.1 localhost 192.168.0.18 itdb pat 127.0.0.1 newni.loc 220.127.116.11 jura
The non 127 IPs are not related to my testing issues and they're just there as an example. I can add back my line to the file and the changes stay until restart, but these changes are not surviving a reboot.
When I add back drupal6.local to the 127.0.0.1 line in
/etc/hosts fixed things that session 'work' in that it doesn't yield 'Server not found' but it doesn't reach my non-default ghost as configured in /Applications/MAMP/conf/apache/httpd.conf
Could this be somehow related? Is there a robust solution to hard coding entries in
/etc/hosts on Snow Leopard?