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Old 01-03-2008, 09:02 AM   #1
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Question about modifying hosts at startup.


I'm trying to write a quick and simple script that will stop inetd, add an entry to the hosts file, and then restart inetd so that the changes will take effect. I want to do all of this before the login screen comes up. The reason I am doing it this way is because there is a software package called Ardence that is installed on this machine and it recreates certain files in the /etc/ directory every time the machine starts up, so it mangles with the hosts file every time. I want to be able to automatically add in an extra entry in this hosts file every time the machine boots up so that it doesn't have to be added manually every time. So my question is, what daemon(s) do I need to restart in order for the changes to take effect? Any other daemon(s) I should be worrying about? Is inetd even one of them?

Old 01-04-2008, 05:25 AM   #2
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I don't know what distro you are using, but I don't have to restart any program for the changes to take effect. I could simply do:
echo router >> /etc/hosts
as root, to make an entry for my router in the hosts file. Doesn't this work with your distro?
Old 01-04-2008, 12:48 PM   #3
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As well as with Dinithion's response, anything you put in rc.local should be executed at the end of the startup process, prior to the login prompt.


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