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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My Mac is not responding for this own IP, but it's ok for everything else

My Mac has the IP 192.168.1.123 and this network settings: IP: 192.168.1.123 Net Mask: 255.255.255.0 Router: 192.168.1.3 DNS: 208.67.222.222, 8.8.8.8 and apache answer correctly if I request ...
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DHCP fallback based on /etc/hosts lookup of your hostname

I have a Kubuntu box (12.04) which usually gets its IP via DHCP. However, it also has a hosts file with some entries in case the DHCP+DNS server fails. Now, if there is no DHCP available, I want the ...
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With a hosts file Chrome takes too long to realize that 0.0.0.0 isn't real

So i have a hosts file with many links set to 0.0.0.0, and a lot of times when i go to websites, Chrome is taking too long "waiting for googlesyndication.com" (ad sites that i put in the hosts file) ...
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How to make local DNS for pointing domain *.local to localhost?

I'm developing websites and I use xampp which is configured to automaticly point some type of domains to xampp main directory. For example: When I go to site1.local xampp is displaying page located at ...
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Which leads to faster browsing, an ad blocker or an edited hosts file?

I recently came across the MVPS hosts file and became fascinated with the concept of blocking ads upstream from your browser. I don't know much about how quickly adblockers work, nor how quickly the ...
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port number in acrylic dns proxy hosts file

I want to map a url as follows: 127.0.0.1:8080 *.devserver.com but windows host file neither support port number nor wildcards.So I am using acrylic dns proxy which supports wildcard.So following ...
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When editing hosts file with vi , the added line gets repeated ad infinitum

Sometimes when I edit the hosts file by adding a new line, and when I do Esc, :, W, Q to save and exit, that line gets repeated infinite times in the file, and then gets saved. What am I doing wrong? ...
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How to expose a IIS website outside the domain

I have been programming remotely over VPN on my dev machine which is running Windows server 2003. My dev website is hosted on IIS 6 and can be accessed internally within the domain like ...
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Hosts file keeps being ignored in Windows 7

Something keeps happening to my hosts file (%SystemRoot%\System32\drivers\etc) which means that Windows 7 ignores it. I use it as part of the process of creating Virtual Hosts for WAMP e.g. ...
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Windows 7 hosts file per application

Is it possible to use the hosts file (C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts) on a "per-application" level? For example, I added this entry to the hosts file: #Override NAS 192.168.1.3 NAS Now NAS ...
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windows 8.1 update disabled local website for IE

I use the Windows hosts file to resolve domains for websites on my local IIS. It worked great under Windows 8. I just updated to Windows 8.1 and none of my local sites will resolve in IE11. Even ...
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HOSTS mapping not working as expected

I'm running a local Webmatrix configuration which uses IISExpress as webserver. For convenience's sake, I have configured my remote development setup (http://godrul1.gopagoda.com/) to ...
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Custom Hosts file entry resolves in browser but not when pinged

I have a hosts entry to redirect app-dev/ to my application server. This resolves correctly in the browser but when I try to ping app-dev/ or ssh into it, neither can resolve the name then. The only ...
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Windows Hosts file Entry for Dev Server

I have an ip address that I don't want to assign to my domain just yet while it is being developed. However I would like a way for my clients to access the site other than typing in the address. I ...
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What's causing this site to redirect to my localhost?

[x-post SO] yoast.com is redirected to my localhost server. I've only mapped localhost to gomlm.gopagoda.com in my HOSTS file, so that I can work on my localhost version without changing the ...
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How does a machine determine its host name?

Below is the output of the hostname command. bash-3.2$ hostname server1 How does the hostname command determine the hostname to be server1? I guess it checks with the DNS server as this is ...
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Hosts file, but for directories

I know you can use the hosts file to redirect requests from a certain domain to a different domain (adding 127.0.0.1 google.com would make all requests from google.com instead go to 127.0.0.1). I want ...
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Slow saving changes to host file?

All of a sudden it takes a while (a second or two) to save changes to my Win7 box's host file. It used to be instantaneous. I've tried editing it with gVim and Notepad++. Saving a file with ...
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Prevent McAfee Security Scan Plus from installing - ever

Whenever Flash updates, some colleague or friend keeps pressing OK, and without noticing, McAfee Security Scan Plus is installed (and it happened to me several times as well). Then, after a while, a ...
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Add 'www' entry to /etc/hosts

Using Windows and JetBrains IDEA; and trying to serve a hard coded .zip file for scala, since IDEA's plugin is hard-coded to a non-existent location on scala-lang.org. So I've added: 127.0.0.1 ...
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Adding dyndns hostname to /etc/hosts with Alias

I configued my router to work with dyndns. Instead of using the dyndns hostname created by dyndns.org, I want to define my own host name, that in tern, refers to that dyndns hostname. For example, ...
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localhost:3000 is redirecting to www.localhost in all browsers

This is happening on OS X 10.8 in both Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. There is currently nothing running on port 3000 so I cannot imagine it is related to the Rails project there. It seems to be system ...
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Can you surf to a site that has shared hosting with ipadress?

Is it possible to surf to a site that has shared hosting on the web hotel with the ipadress? Can you change the hosts file in any way?
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How do I redirect a domain to another domain locally?

My /etc/hosts file looks like this: 127.0.0.1 localhost 10.20.7.67 testsitealpha.dev othersite.dev testsitebeta.dev The first two work. The last one doesn't. Why not? How do I make it ...
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Hosts file for Chromebook?

Is there a way to modify the hosts file in Chrome OS? ­­/etc/hosts The file is read only, so trying to modify it using sudo vim does not work. I have read that disabling root filesystem ...
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Google Chrome reads hosts file changes for too long

When I use the system hosts file to override DNS, Google Chrome takes longer than I'd like to pick up the changes, sometimes requiring a minute or longer to notice. Is there any way to make this ...
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trouble adding sub URLs / pages inside a domain to /etc/hosts file

I want the hosts file to block www.url.com/page without blocking www.url.com step 1 ////////////// I've added 127.0.0.1 www.apple.com to my /etc/host file When I do ping www.apple.com I get this ...
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Blocking a site from myself and redirecting

I've tried editing "C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc\hosts" by adding: 127.0.0.1 websitetoblock.com But I can still access the website. Ideally I want to be redirected to a URL of my choice if I try ...
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Bizarre domain/host file/browser issues. A real chin-scratcher

I was working on a dev site yesterday (of which I have a modified host file to view) when all of the sudden Chrome stopped being able to load the site. Or the production site (no host file mods ...
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Network Manager overriding /etc/hosts file

I believe the network manager service on Oracle Linux 6 is causing problems for the clouder-scm-agent which is running on my machine. The clouder-scm-agent starts up on the server ip it resolves from ...
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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 domain name 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 ...