|Brian Vagnoni on 17 Jan 2008 19:19:16 -0800|
Background information on hosts files in Linux and Unix environments:
The hosts file in Linux (/etc/hosts) is a simple list of IP addresses and the hostnames that they correspond to. Every hosts file in Linux should have an entry for the IP address "127.0.0.1", with the name "localhost" following it. This is also known as the loopback address. That same file may also have an entry for your system name, unless you did not provide one during installation.
This hosts file in Linux can store your system's name and IP address, and it is important that you do not delete this information from your computer. Deleting this information will damage your networking capabilities, which means that you may not be able to access either your local network or the Internet.
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