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Old 09-11-2006, 07:57 AM   #1
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mapping address:port to name in hosts


I'm trying to create human readable names for my_linux_box_iport using the hosts file. So, for example I would like: niceName1 niceName2 niceName3

I have tried using /etc/hosts and it won't allow ports.

Does anyone have ANY suggestions, linux related or not?

Many thanks

Old 09-11-2006, 09:00 AM   #2
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There is no way to do what you are looking for.

IP addresses and port numbers are two separated things and there is no way to assign a simple name to a ip:service pair.

You can assign a simple name to a ip address in /etc/hosts. e.g. nicename.
You can assign a simple name to a port number in /etc/services, e.g. 23 telnet.

You can even assign a web address to be redirected to a ip/port (other than the default 80) using some redirect service like the one provided by e.g. -> ip1:1234 and -> ip2:5678, but it works only for http service. The default destination port 80 is implied.
Old 09-11-2006, 10:12 AM   #3
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Thank you marozsas.


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