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[SLUG] "Correctness" of /etc/hosts (Was: something else entirely)

On Tue, 2002-02-26 at 11:52, Peter Hardy wrote:
> I'm sure somebody's going to give me a good reason why you shouldn't do
> it, but:
> Couldn't you just insert an entry in your hosts file aliasing lonewolf
> to
> Something like:
>       fizgig  localhost

That's pulled straight out of my /etc/hosts, and certainly comes in
handy on a laptop that finds itself plugged in to all manner of

I don't know if it's still there, but for a long time Slackware had this
comment in /etc/hosts, with lots of capital letters and exclamation
marks, to the effect that making the machine name an alias of
is a Very Bad Thing.
Apparently it broke some software, like talk.  Haven't had any problems
myself, though (on those few occasions I need talk, I use ytalk ;-)



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