[Dnsmasq-discuss] Strange (well, I can't udnerstand it) /etc/hosts effect

Chris G cl at isbd.net
Wed Aug 12 15:58:05 BST 2009


I run a fairly default version of dnsmasq on my xubuntu 9.04 Linux box
so that I don't have to maintain losts of network (or hosts)
configurations around our network.

I have just added:-

    127.0.0.1       www.google-analytics.com  ssl.www.google-analytics.com

to my /etc/hosts file.  I'm not paranoid about snooping but I am fed
up with having to wait for www.google-analytics.com to respond, it's
often quite slow taking several seconds with the address displayed at
the bottom of Firefox.

So, it appears to work, but why does 'host' respond as follows:-

    chris$ host www.google-analytics.com
    www.google-analytics.com has address 127.0.0.1
    www.google-analytics.com is an alias for www-google-analytics.l.google.com.
    www.google-analytics.com is an alias for www-google-analytics.l.google.com.

Why don't the aliases disappear as well?

-- 
Chris Green




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