[CentOS] /etc/hosts not resolving hostnames

Fri Apr 8 19:31:32 UTC 2011
Johan Martinez <jmartiee at gmail.com>

This is working fine on another CentOS system. This particular install where
host command is failing is trimmed down install using kickstart file. It is
working on a system where install is default 'Server non-GUI', option given
during interactive CD install. I guess this has to do with some missing
package. Any clues??


On Fri, Apr 8, 2011 at 2:01 PM, John R Pierce <pierce at hogranch.com> wrote:

> On 04/08/11 11:24 AM, Johan Martinez wrote:
> > I have modified /etc/hosts file with IP address and hostname entries.
> > However, host command is returning 'Host vhost1.example.com
> > <http://vhost1.example.com> not found: 3(NXDOMAIN)'. Also, apache is
> > returning error on start as '[error] (EAI 2)Name or service not known:
> > Could not resolve host name vhost1.example.com
> > <http://vhost1.example.com> -- ignoring!' . The ssh worked fine and
> > resolved the hostname correctly (ssh from same system to itself - just
> > for test). Am I missing something here? I thought /etc/hosts will be
> > referred for all lookups. Any help??
> the 'hosts' command (as well as dig, and nslookup) go directly to DNS,
> they do not look at /etc/hosts or nsswitch.conf for that matter.
> Apache may well go to DNS also, since your local /etc/hosts file is not
> recognized by any systems outside the localhost, and apache IS a server.
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