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Re: Suggestion: /etc/hosts

On Mon, Sep 09, 2002 at 11:35:15AM -0400, Zieg, Mark wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 09, 2002 at 08:48:07AM -0400, Joe Buehler wrote:
> >Paul Johnston wrote:
> >
> >>NT has an equivalent to /etc/hosts, so I think the cygwin install should
> >>create this symbolic link:
> >>
> >>/etc/hosts -> ${SYSTEMROOT}/system32/drivers/etc/hosts
> >
> >This is a great idea, making allowances for variations in the different
> >versions of Windows, of course.
> Remember that corporate NT users often don't have admin rights to their own
> boxes, and thus cannot edit /WINNT/system32/drivers/etc/hosts (this is my
> own sad state of affairs).
> Thus, if such a symlink is created, please note in the documentation that
> some users will have to delete the link and manually create their own
> /etc/hosts file in order to restore original Cygwin functionality.

Huh?  The /etc/hosts file isn't used at all by Cygwin.  It uses the
same system provided files on all systems (9x/NT) as Winsock does.

If any application in the Cygwin net distro is *explicitely* accessing
/etc/{hosts,network,protocol,services} files, they have to be fixed.

Note that all applications using just the usual network function for
accessing these files are on the safe side.


Corinna Vinschen                  Please, send mails regarding Cygwin to
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