This page describes /etc/hosts file. This file indicates a list of hosts on a network and enables to define aliasses. Most of the time, and especially in big networks, BIND is used instead of this file. Although, this file can be used for initializing a network.
- Each line must be formatted as follows:
IP_address hostname [alias_1,[alias_2,[alias_n]]]
- Separator is one or more spaces/tabulations.
- Each line beginning with # is a comment
- A hostname can only contain alphanumeric characters, "-" and "." and must end with an alphanumerical character.
# localhost definitions 127.0.0.1 localhost 127.0.1.1 aldlin1.aldeid.com aldlin1 # The following lines are desirable for IPv6 capable hosts ::1 localhost ip6-localhost ip6-loopback fe00::0 ip6-localnet ff00::0 ip6-mcastprefix ff02::1 ip6-allnodes ff02::2 ip6-allrouters ff02::3 ip6-allhosts