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Old 01-03-2002
Java Host file and domain name

Hi all,

I've got a question, it's probably a basic problem, but as i'm new to unix thought i'd try this forum out.

The problem is, i'm trying to use to alias entries on the hosts file, which point to an NT IIS Server. The DNS server is a unix sun solaris. On the sun, i've filled in the hosts file with:-

<IP Address>
<IP Address>

Both the IP addresses are the same, as they are both alias entries for the website. The domain name for the server is

On compiling the hosts file with the make command, it tells me that is being left out because it's not the domain name. Is there an additional file I need to update, and place some entry for

Does anyone understand what i'm on about?

Can anyone help?


# 2  
Old 01-03-2002
Hi Nick,

It appears you are trying to set up a Sun
box as a Domain Name Server (if I read you
correctly). First, I'm not sure what you mean
by "compiling" the hosts file since that is
just a text file used to map hostnames and IP
addresses. An error message from "make" would
not be suprising since the "hosts" file is not
a makefile.

DNS however is much more complex
than that. I would recommend you pick up a
book called "DNS and BIND", O'Reilly Publishing,
ISBN: 1-56592-512-2

It's a great book and I'm sure it will help you.
# 3  
Old 01-03-2002
MySQL nick

Thanks for your help. I have found a solution to my problem. I was trying to use a different domain name in the hosts file, which I could not do, as the hosts file only works with the domain the Sun box has been setup with.

I have discovered by creating a DNS table file within the /etc/ directory I can have URLs with different domain names.

The reason why I need to do this is that a college that I work for uses a bilingual website address, so I need two URLs that point to the same address. One in english and another in welsh.

I might well take a look at that book though.
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