Is it possible to alias a hostname in Linux?
It has been asked by jmillikin at various Ubuntu forums as follows:
Is it possible to create a hostname alias? Sort of like /etc/hosts, but with other hostnames rather than IP addresses. So that with some file like this, you could ping "fakehost1", and it would be re-mapped to "realhost", and then "realhost" would be resolved to an IP address.
# Real host # Aliases realhost fakehost1 fakehost2 fakehost3
Somebody has answered about ssh, but not about ping, etc. My main
purpose is to use it as an alias for a Subversion server. In my case, realhost
is under a dynamic IP address. So, the "/etc/hosts" alias doesn't work. I want to
access my Subversion server as
svn://my_svnserver/my_repos instead of