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

Karl Goetz karl at kgoetz.id.au
Thu Aug 13 07:47:17 BST 2009

On Wed, 12 Aug 2009 15:58:05 +0100
Chris G <cl at isbd.net> wrote:

> 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:-
>       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.

Have you considered using address= in the configuration file?
I have a short list of addresses I poison in that way, and some time
ago (2-3 months?) on this list someone included instructions on an
automatically updating list + apache rewrite to avoid nasty messages.
Fraid I can't find the message right now though :(

> So, it appears to work, but why does 'host' respond as follows:-
>     chris$ host www.google-analytics.com
>     www.google-analytics.com has address
>     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?

Karl Goetz, (Kamping_Kaiser / VK5FOSS)
Debian contributor / gNewSense Maintainer
No, I won't join your social networking group
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