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in ubuntu 11.04, i'm trying to change dns to force it to point to another server let's assume the domain name is and the ip 96.32.66.xx

i changed /etc/hosts but when i open the browser it dosen't work.

if i ping it works on windows i applied the same change in system32/drivers/etc/hosts and it works

this is my /etc/hosts:   trustweb-Linux   localhost.localdomain   localhost
::1   trustweb-Linux   localhost6.localdomain6   localhost6   trustweb-Linux

# The following lines are desirable for IPv6 capable hosts
::1     localhost ip6-localhost ip6-loopback
fe00::0 ip6-localnet
ff00::0 ip6-mcastprefix
ff02::1 ip6-allnodes
ff02::2 ip6-allrouters
ff02::3 ip6-allhosts

I execute this code to refresh the net cache

sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart

what's wrong?

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You shouldn't have to restart networking. Did you restart your browser? – Paul Tomblin May 28 '11 at 11:50
That's obviously not your /etc/hosts. That's a file with a syntax error that will cause the very behaviour that you describe. Show people your actual data, not something that you made up in the question. – JdeBP May 28 '11 at 13:07
yes it was not the complete file, i changed only the last two numbers of ip address and the domain name. surely i had checked that string well before to post here...anyway, thank you to try to help me :) – Mike May 30 '11 at 10:50

Have a look at /etc/host.conf. It should say order hosts,bind, which tells it to believe /etc/hosts before it believes dns.

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/etc/host.conf seems to be correct: hosts,bins. The same for /etc/nsswitch.conf: hosts: files mdns4_minimal [NOTFOUND=return] dns mdns4 – Mike May 28 '11 at 11:48

If you have a proxy, name resolution will be completed on the proxy. I also had some problems with browsers needing to be completely closed and re-opened for the hosts changes to be recognized (like closing all instances/tabs/etc).

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i think if it works on windows it should work on ubuntu...i also tryied delete chrome cache, and unflagging some option for dns i tryed also ff and opera....same story. – Mike May 28 '11 at 11:51

Your problem is most likely name caching. On the Linux machine, restart nscd (the name service caching daemon). Plus, flush the cache in the browser.

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i typed: sudo aptitude install nscd.....then....sudo /etc/init.d/nscd dosen't work :( – Mike May 28 '11 at 14:09

Strangely now it works...i didn't reboot the pc from yesterday, and i'm changing in the same way /etc/hosts file

how does it possible?

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