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 Post subject: Reason why Windows HOSTS file must NOT be "hosts.txt"
PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2011 2:59 pm 
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Yes, it's a trivial question and usually I'd search on Google for the answer.

However, after many minutes of searching, this is the farthest I get:

"The HOSTS file format is the same as the format for host tables in the Version 4.3 Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) UNIX /etc/hosts file.", from http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc751132.aspx

Can someone point me to a URL or just a short paragraph on why it's such a big deal for the hosts file to be "hosts" and not "hosts.txt" ? Thanks for your time.

Steve


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 Post subject: Re: Reason why Windows HOSTS file must NOT be "hosts.txt"
PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2011 6:18 pm 
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Because that is how they made it?

Because MS said so?


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 Post subject: Re: Reason why Windows HOSTS file must NOT be "hosts.txt"
PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2011 7:52 pm 
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^^ that

its a name. "hosts" <> "hosts.txt" <> "host.exe" <> "hosts.dll" <>"hosts.wtf"

call it anything you want but it needs to be consistent so programs can find it. windows stayed with "hosts"


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 Post subject: Re: Reason why Windows HOSTS file must NOT be "hosts.txt"
PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2011 6:37 pm 
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So assume that a .txt file wasn't associated with notepad, or any other editor for the reason, would you still be asking the question?


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 Post subject: Re: Reason why Windows HOSTS file must NOT be "hosts.txt"
PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2011 7:00 pm 
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furball146 wrote:
So assume that a .txt file wasn't associated with notepad, or any other editor for the reason, would you still be asking the question?


Of course. It just struck me strange, that's all.


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 Post subject: Re: Reason why Windows HOSTS file must NOT be "hosts.txt"
PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2011 7:58 pm 
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If you must know, the .txt version is reserved via the RFC

Perhaps a read of the wiki on the hosts file would answer this...


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