'Timed out; no servers could be reached' is a message from your system regarding connecting to your DNS server. 'host' is trying to connect to your DNS server (specified in /etc/resolv.conf) and look for a DNS zone containing a '12' PTR record in 1.168.192.in-addr.arpa which it's not finding because DNS is apparently broken on your system. You cannot perform reverse lookups with 'host' against /etc/hosts, because 'host' is meant to be a DNS tool.
I imagine that forward lookups are working fine via /etc/hosts (which is controlled via /etc/nsswitch.conf; 'hosts: files dns').
Last edited by bentz; 08-05-2003 at 03:05 PM.