The "hosts file" is a common tool in operating systems to map names to IP addresses. These mappings usually take precedence over the DNS system.

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How to give a name to a site in test server in my LAN and make the testers able to login into that site [duplicate]

I am building a Facebook app. Facebook requires I access sites by name and not by some address like 192.168.1.200:7654. But the testers are accessing the site like this now, i.e., by using this ...
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Creating hostsname aliases through dscl does not work in Mountain Lion

I read a few places that dscl is preferred over /etc/hosts for adding hostnames (for instance when developing). But in Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8) I cannot get it to work (others too). I have read ...
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Finding the domains for Microsoft Word on Mac

My parents both use Macs to do their work and my dad bought three licenses for Microsoft Word on Mac. The problem is that he somehow set up the programs so that only one can be used at a time, meaning ...
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Can updating the hosts file in Windows via batch file cause harm?

I have this script that I have saved as a .bat file. Can it hurt a computer? echo # >> %Windir%\System32\drivers\etc\hosts echo 0.0.0.0 www.facebook.com >> ...
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Redirect remote file to another

I'm using Windows 7, and I wanted to know how could I make it so that when my PC try's to connect to a defined remote file it will redirect it to another. Example: http://www.a.com/image.png to ...
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Direct URL to local file via the host file

I know I can map URLs to other URLs via the host file, but can I map a URL to a local html file on my hard drive without running a local server and loading the html file through there? Something like: ...
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Why is the url being turned into an IP?

I am trying to understand why when I type in a url address that is for a development server my browser changes it to an IP? In the top of my host files I have something like 11.111.111.11 devserver. ...
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Why does OS X Snow Leopard have two hosts files?

I noticed that OS X has two hosts files: /private/etc/hosts and /etc/hosts. What is the difference between them? I was attempting to modify my iMac's hosts file in Terminal and tried the usual sudo ...
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Hosts file on Mountain Lion stopped working suddenly

I have used my hosts file (located in /private/etc/hosts) several months to block distracting websites during the work day. This worked all well until now. Today it suddenly stopped working. Some ...
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Run as administrator from command line on Windows 8

I am trying to run Notepad as admin so I can edit my hosts file from the command line. I have tried runas /user:(myusername)\administrator "notepad c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts" I then input ...
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Hosts file changes are not recognized in windows 8

When i make changes to the hosts file in windows 8, it doesn't work. Although my changes stay in the hosts file. What I'm trying to, is to redirect the domainname riddergarn.dev to 127.0.0.1 with ...
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/etc/hosts entry of localhost not working on windows 8, it can't be over written

I changed the /etc/hosts and added an ip address to point localhost to a different computer like: 192.x.x.1 localhost But it is not working and when I ping to localhost it pings ::1 which is the ...
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Why can't I block Facebook using /etc/hosts on Mountain Lion?

It worked for a while in the old configuration, but then stopped working for some reason. Here is my /etc/hosts file from my Mountain Lion MacBook Air: 127.0.0.1 reddit.com www.reddit.com 127.0.0.1 ...
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Long lookup times for .local in hosts file

I'm using Mac OS X 10.8.2 and I have in my local /etc/hosts this content: 127.0.0.1 dev.test.local Together with that I locally got nginx installed to serve static files for that domain. And while ...
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How do I prevent my /etc/hosts file from refreshing upon restart? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to make changes to Mac /etc/hosts permanent? I have a Mac Air that my little brother uses. Unfortunately, he likes to waste his time on computer games :( To prevent ...
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Point Multiple IP Addresses to a Single Host Name

Is it possible to have a single host name with multiple IP addresses? The hostname will be used to access a box in LAN with 192.168.x.y and from outside with IP w.x.y.z which is portforwarded to that ...
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'Canonical' way to block websites in Windows 8 without using hosts

In Windows 8, Microsoft has (rightly) decided that Windows Defender will prevent modifications from being made to the %WINDOWS%/System32/Drivers/etc/hosts file. This is an attempt to prevent trojans ...
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I accidentally hijacked my localhost

Opening localhost in the browser is pointing a local webpage (examplePage) after playing with some config files a while back, and I can't figure out how to restore the default behavior. Background: ...
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Determine IP address of an alias not in HOSTS file?

We have an application that references the database connection via a common alias, let's say datatier, and futher that alias is generally stored in the HOSTS file. However, it's not in the HOSTS file ...
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treating a subdirectory like a web root directory in xampp

I am running Xampp on a Windows 7 machine. I have a website that is running off a directory in my web root. I access the website by going to http://localhost/foobar. I would like to set it up so that ...
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How to block IP Address via Windows Host

I want to block access to a certain ip address via windows host. This is the ip address 41.190.8.17. And this is the content of my host file. # localhost name resolution is handle within DNS ...
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How to edit hosts file in Windows 8? Defender says malware detected

I've tried editing it in the same way as in Windows 7. E.g. opening Notepad/Notepad++ as Administrator and then opening the file and save it. Right after saving it Windows Defender will say Malware ...
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Why do we need hosts file?

DNS resolves the domain names to IP address then why do we need hosts file in our machine with domain name -> IP address mapping? One disadvantage is that the ip address could change. Is there any ...
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Hosts file modification to resolve domain names to specific IP addresses not working

I have recently learned how to use transfer wp sites to a new host, and also learned how to modify the hosts file so that I can look at any site transfers to the new host in my browser to check ...
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Cannot access shared drive in same machine uisng machine name but can access using IP

I have 4 desktops running Windows Server 2008 32bit version. I created some shares in all these machines. My program gets files from these machines (like \machine1\abcd). The machine names mentioned ...
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Hosts file filled with random URL links

I've just opened my hosts file on a remote computer in our house and found it filled with random URL's to other websites. Is this normal? I don't think it is meant to be filled with all these links ...
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Editing Hosts File in Windows 8

I'm trying to edit my hosts file in Windows 8 Pro. When I open C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc\hosts in notepad++ or any other text editor, make changes and attempt to save, I get a dialog that tells ...
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How do you edit the 'hosts' file in windows 7? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you edit hosts file on Windows 7 I need to edit the hosts file so that I could restrict some sites from opening. I have tried to open it and edit it but when I ...
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Hosts files keps reverting when I turn off my computer.

I have changed my host file to allow me access via RDC to computers over VPN network. I change the ip's and it works fine. My problem is that every time I log back onto my computer they have ...
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Chrome does not follow hosts file

I have custom domains set up for internal web site testing in my /etc/hosts file. I try to access them in Chrome, and I get routed to a Google search instead. But when I ping the domains, they ...
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switch hosts-file during win7 boot process

I have 2 hosts files on my win7 machine that i switch manually (.bat file run as administrator) when i'm either in the company vpn or connected to the comany network directly. What i would want is an ...
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How to add multiple IPv6 address for single host in /etc/hosts?

I want that a name should be resolved with multiple IPv6 addresses. I don't have access to a DNS server and I don't want to run a demon for that purpose. I want to add the entry in /etc/hosts and it ...
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Access mac virtual host from a virtual machine

Here's my setup: I'm developing a website on a mac. I created a virtual host, so I can open up my browser, type http://cpp and it will point to the right directory. I want to test this website out ...
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Editing /etc/hosts on Mac OS X Lion to use shorter host for ssh-ing

I keep having to type out ssh myusername@somereallylonghost.numb3r5.ojd202nk.net a lot. Instead of an alias, I just want to shorten that host name. I tried editing my hosts file to include shorthost ...
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Mac OS X Lion resets my hosts file automatically

I'm using Mac OX X 10.7.4. I changed my /private/etc/hosts file, but when I restarted my computer, my change is gone, like it was reset by the system. Has anybody else encounter this problem? How ...
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All computers on network get stuck waiting for some sites indefinetely

This happens across three computers, running windows 7 and Ubuntu, firefox, opera, and chrome (all latest versions). I am connected to the internet through a Verizon wireless usb modem. When I try ...
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Firefox not taking note of /etc/hosts?

I've set foo.com to 127.0.0.1 in my /etc/hosts file in (located here on Windows: C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts). Though Chrome loads foo.com with the one hosted locally on port 80, Firefox ...
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hosts file handles specified domain but not a longer path

Trying to resolve a website domain to localhost for development purposes. I am developing on a Wordpress Installation which has some inherent hardcoded redirects to the domain it is installed on. So I ...
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IPv6 local address in hosts file

I have set up a local domain on my Apache server. Then I added the following line in my /etc/hosts file ::1 exampledomain.local After I trying to navigate to it, (I tried ...
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How come hosts file redirection fails?

I am trying to redirect google.com to my local machine for fun and learning with this /etc/hosts file on my Mac. 127.0.0.1 www.google.com However, www.google.com still maps to the Google home page ...
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Multiple Apache Servers with Multiple Virtual Servers

I have one computer. I am running two instances of 2 differently installed Apache servers. 1 via WAMP 1 via Zend Framework I wish for wamp to be connected towards "karl.local" And for Zend to be ...
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Edit hosts - run as administrator does not work

I am trying to edit hosts file on my computer. I click start -> find notepad shortcut -> run it as administrator (window on dimmed background appears) -> i press yes -> find hosts file -> edit it -> ...
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Get an alert when my parents browser reach a certain domain

I recently noticed that a Firefox toolbar get frequently installed on my parents computer. I managed to trace back the method it is using to get installed (through a link that looks like a Firefox ...
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Forbid connection to IP address in hosts file doesn't work?

The hosts file is used to map hostnames to IP addresses. However, I only have an IP address. I tried using HostsMan, but it doesn't want to even add the line. How do I add a line to the hosts file ...
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Password protect /etc/hosts file

Can I create a different permission to access the hosts files so that the sudoer needs this extra key in order to access it? Also, would password protecting the file prevent OS from accessing it ...
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Can I force Tor/Polipo to use locally defined hosts?

I would like to use addresses defined in my hosts file while using Tor. I have the Tor (non-browser) bundle installed: Tor, Polipo and Vidalia. I do not use Torbutton. My browsing is normally done ...
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Quickly edit / change hosts file on Windows

I routinely need to add / remove / update hosts on a Windows 7 machine to add links to staging / test servers. On Mac I can use ghosts with the syntax ghost add staging-server.local ...
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Create a shortcut with administrator rights for hosts file in Win 7

I'm trying to create a shortcut link on my desktop that is a link to the hosts file in Windows 7. The problem is that this shortcut will not open in administrator mode as the option will be greyed out ...
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How do I tell Google Chrome to read a different hosts file?

At work in my university, the computers in the office all use Windows XP, latest service pack. They've given each one of us a regular account, with no way of installing programs or making ...
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Hosts file switcher on linux

It appears there are a ton of utilities to manage the hosts file on OSX. I haven't been able to find even one like http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/29949/gas-mask for linux. I keep my hosts file ...