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I am a user on a Solaris 10 system and I wish to maintain my own version of /etc/hosts. This file will function like a normal /etc/hosts, except it will only resolve hosts from processes that I run.

Since I do not have the ability to write to /etc/hosts and I do not wish to have to ask the adminstrator to reconfigure it for me. (please don't go into this more)

I am open to other alternatives that will allow a non-privileged user the ability to add custom host names. The solution must not involve the superuser doing anything.

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Is this for specific applications? Can you just build a configuration file and store the ip address in the configuration? – Zoredache Jul 1 '10 at 23:40
it's an application that won't let me store hostnames in its config – David Jul 1 '10 at 23:41
Can you put the desired IP address into the App? Can you get the administrator to help with initial setup of whatever solution is suggested? – DrStalker Jul 2 '10 at 4:24
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Override gethostbyname. You'll need to control the library path, but that can be done by a user. See here for some neat info:

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You will need to override more functions than gethostbyname, like gethostent. Depending on the Solaris release, these functions might also differ, like gethostbyname_r and gethostent_r. Also, beware that the link you posted is more directed to Gnu/Linux than Solaris and some information doesn't apply to the latter, like LD_PRELOAD is however the way to go with both Gnu/Linux and Solaris. – jlliagre Jul 2 '10 at 9:21
This is the Right Answer but sadly not a simple one. Here's one that someone else prepared earlier:*-gallery/libhost.c – Zanchey Jan 24 '12 at 1:07

A chrooted environment or even a dedicated non global zone might be a solution for you. Otherwise, an interposition library or a dtrace script might also do the job.

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don't you need to be root for all those things? – David Jul 1 '10 at 23:41
For setting up them yes, outside the interposition library suggestion which requires no privileges but programming skills. I doubt you'd easily find existing code that does precisely that. – jlliagre Jul 1 '10 at 23:49

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