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While going through the accepted answer for hosts file ignored, how to troubleshoot?, I observed the statement "The hosts file should encoded in ANSI or UTF-8 without BOM". As I personally faced issues using an application due to hosts file in unicode format in a Windows machine, trying to find if there is any IETF / RFC standard defined for hosts file, specifying the supported list of encodings.

Could somebody here please help me. Thanks.

  • Host file content format and encoding is going to be entirely implementation-defined. – Andrew Henle Aug 16 '18 at 14:23
  • I don't think there was ever a formal grammar for it. Even Wikipedia's description of the format is an entire [citation needed] section. – Michael Hampton Aug 16 '18 at 14:37

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