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Fedora: Host command is not using /etc/hosts file

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I put an IPv4 entry for a server in my /etc/hosts file. I can 'ping alice', but 'host alice' comes back with:

Host alice not found: 3(NXDOMAIN)

I have this vague memory from years back about a file that set precedence of hosts file and dns for fqdn lookup. Can't remember it of find it.

Of course the problem might simply be the host command is incapable of processing the /etc/hosts file?

Any suggestions?

posted May 1, 2014 by Dewang Chaudhary

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AFAIK The host command does only DNS lookups.
Is there an equiv command that follows system priorities for both dns and hosts file?
getent hosts www.google.com

That will follow the IPv6-before-IPv4 rules (so by default, if the host has an IPv6 entry, only that will be shown).

To see all the matches, IPv6 and IPv4, you can use "ahosts" instead (which also has "ahostsv4" and "ahostsv6" to get only a specific address family). That will return all socket types (so usually STREAM, DGRAM, and RAW). This is done via a calls to getaddrinfo() and so should match the behavior of modern (akak IPv6-ready) programs.

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Check your /etc/host.conf for line
order hosts,bind
and /etc/nsswitch.conf for correct order
hosts: files dns

However results may differ

answer May 1, 2014 by Majula Joshi
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