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Old 07-10-2008, 10:55 AM   #1
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How to setup nslookups, queries using /etc/hosts as the default


I am trying to setup so my server uses /etc/hosts as the default lookup method before DNS. I've changed /etc/nsswitch.conf (files dns) order but it doesn't work. Any other ideas?

Old 07-10-2008, 11:09 AM   #2
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dns with hosts.conf

when I get you right you are looking for

Insert or uncomment the entry


This statements specifies a server program that inquires for a name or address to first look into /etc/hosts and then use NIS bind.


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Thanks. I added this to the host.conf, it now looks like this:
Do I need to reboot or reread these files as it still looks at DNS first.
order hosts,bind
Old 07-10-2008, 05:08 PM   #4
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I doubt that u can force nslookup to use /etc/hosts file. dig can i think . or try "getent" which is used to read diff DB like passwd and hosts.. but lets say what experts needs to say
Old 07-10-2008, 08:21 PM   #5
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nslookup performs its own resolving, and does not/will not uses /etc/hosts.

Also learn about /etc/nsswitch.conf


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