HOST.CONF(5) Linux System Administration HOST.CONF(5)
host.conf - resolver configuration file
The file /etc/host.conf contains configuration information specific to the resolver library. It should contain one configuration keyword
per line, followed by appropriate configuration information. The keywords recognized are trim, multi, nospoof, spoof, and reorder. These
keywords are described below.
trim This keyword may be listed more than once. Each time it should be followed by a list of domains, separated by colons (':'), semi-
colons (';') or commas (','), with the leading dot. When set, the resolv+ library will automatically trim the given domain name
from the end of any hostname resolved via DNS. This is intended for use with local hosts and domains. (Related note: trim will not
affect hostnames gathered via NIS or the hosts file. Care should be taken to ensure that the first hostname for each entry in the
hosts file is fully qualified or unqualified, as appropriate for the local installation.)
multi Valid values are on and off. If set to on, the resolv+ library will return all valid addresses for a host that appears in the
/etc/hosts file, instead of only the first. This is off by default, as it may cause a substantial performance loss at sites with
large hosts files.
Valid values are on and off. If set to on, the resolv+ library will attempt to prevent hostname spoofing to enhance the security of
rlogin and rsh. It works as follows: after performing a host address lookup, resolv+ will perform a hostname lookup for that
address. If the two hostnames do not match, the query will fail. The default value is off.
Valid values are on and off. If this option is set to on and the nospoof option is also set, resolv+ will log a warning of the
error via the syslog facility. The default value is off.
spoof Valid values are off, nowarn and warn. If this option is set to off, spoofed addresses are permitted and no warnings will be emit-
ted via the syslog facility. If this option is set to warn, resolv+ will attempt to prevent hostname spoofing to enhance the secu-
rity and log a warning of the error via the syslog facility. If this option is set to nowarn, the resolv+ library will attempt to
prevent hostname spoofing to enhance the security but not emit warnings via the syslog facility. Setting this option to anything
else is equal to setting it to nowarn.
Valid values are on and off. If set to on, resolv+ will attempt to reorder host addresses so that local addresses (i.e., on the
same subnet) are listed first when a gethostbyname(3) is performed. Reordering is done for all lookup methods. The default value
There are six environment variables that can be used to allow users to override the behavior which is configured in /etc/host.conf.
If set this variable points to a file that should be read instead of /etc/host.conf.
Overrides the nospoof, spoofalert and spoof commands in the same way as the spoof command is parsed. Valid values are off, nowarn
Overrides the multi command.
Overrides the reorder command.
A list of domains, separated by colons (':'), semicolons (';') or commas (','), with the leading dot, which will be added to the
list of domains that should be trimmed.
A list of domains, separated by colons (':'), semicolons (';') or commas (','), with the leading dot, which will replace the list
of domains that should be trimmed. Overrides the trim command.
Resolver configuration file
Resolver configuration file
Local hosts database
The following differences exist compared to the original implementation. A new command spoof and a new environment variable
RESOLV_SPOOF_CHECK can take arguments like off, nowarn and warn. Line comments can appear anywhere and not only at the beginning of a
gethostbyname(3), hostname(7), named(8), resolv+(8)
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Linux 2003-08-23 HOST.CONF(5)