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I am migrating from windows to linux, and I am using ubuntu for my development now.

I installed apache and it works great; my problem isIi need to use a fully-qualified domain name to access my local webserver, ie should go to my local apache instance, rather than having to use http://localhost or

In windows this can be achieved through the host file. But not sure about linux.

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Linux has a hosts file too, in /etc/hosts. The format should be both familiar and easy to work out.

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this doesn't work network-wide, though, does it? something like that would be best – tekknolagi Aug 13 '11 at 5:56
It works only on the local machine. It is the job of a DNS server to make this mapping available to other computers. – uloBasEI Aug 13 '11 at 6:04
@tekknolagi: It wouldn't necessarily be "best". The question asks for the Linux equivalent of the Windows hosts file. I answered that question. When a question comes up asking "how do I provide name service for a network", I'll answer that one with something different. – womble Aug 13 '11 at 7:09
sorry... and so i upvoted your answer :) – tekknolagi Aug 13 '11 at 16:32

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