It is possible to use wildcard in /etc/hosts file?

For example, im developng the application that will have user-defined subdomains, like "user1.foo.bar", "user2.foo.bar".

Im looking for something like this: foo.bar *.foo.bar

How can i make it work ?


No. You need a full blown DNS server to do this.

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  • Second that, you can't. – Kyle Brandt Aug 7 '09 at 19:47

No you can't as has been stated, but...

If the hostnames follow what you are saying though, you could do this with the Bash shell to save you some typing:

for i in user{1..10}; do 
    sudo bash -c "echo ${i}.foo.bar >> /etc/hosts"

Or, say you have them all in a text file one host per line:

while read host; do
    sudo bash -c "echo $host >> /etc/hosts"
done < fileName
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  • of course, i can use static names, but the question not about it. thanks anyway. – Dan Sosedoff Aug 7 '09 at 20:43

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