[clug-talk] Is there a userspace hosts solution?

simon at mungewell.org simon at mungewell.org
Tue Apr 7 13:04:24 PDT 2009

Hi Roy and all,
Are you trying to get the client machine to resolve all names for the
other clients machines?

There appears to be some 'magic' regarding DNS which can be performed in
the dns.conf file (vmware claims to support standard dhcp.conf options)


In this way there should be no need to tinker with the guest OS(es) as
dhclient should handle it all automatically.


> I want to automate a name resolution for VMware systems users run with
> host-only networking. VMware has it's own DHCP server internally for this.
> The best solution would be to have the guest OS boot and request an IP
> then
> write that to a plain text file in the users home directory using the VM
> share directory feature. I tried to store the IP in a file called .hosts
> file in the users home directory but I have never see this done before and
> I
> tried it and could not get any programs to honor the file.
> Is there a userspace name resolution solution that does not involve using
> a
> sudo script to modify the /etc/hosts file?
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