3.8 Managing Hostnames and IP Addresses

Mac OS X consults both the /etc/ hosts file and the /machines portion of the local directory. For example, the following entry in /etc/hosts would map the hostname xyzzy to   xyzzy 

3.8.1 Creating a Host with niload

The niload utility understands the flat file format used by /etc/hosts ( ip_address name ). See the hosts(5) manpage for a description of each field. To add a new host, create a file using that format and load it with niload . This example ads the host xyzzy :

 $  sudo niload hosts . <<EOF  > xyzzy  >  EOF  

If you add an entry that already exists, it will be overwritten.

The /etc/hosts file takes precedence over the local directory, so if you enter the same hostname with different IP addresses in both places, Mac OS X uses the one in /etc/hosts .

Mac OS X Panther for Unix Geeks
Mac OS X Panther for Unix Geeks
ISBN: 0596006071
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2003
Pages: 212

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