Can I create a DNS list on my computer?

Ben Steeves ben.steeves at
Mon Jun 28 14:20:51 UTC 2004

On Mon, 28 Jun 2004 10:15:35 -0400, David Cary Hart <fedora at> wrote:
> On Mon, 2004-06-28 at 10:13, - - s r b - - wrote:
> > I hope this isn't a stupid question... :-)
> >
> > Is it possible to create (and maintain) a small DNS listing for websites
> > that I frequent to enable quicker connecting (I'm on dial-up). And if
> > so, can I make my computer check this list first, and then the ISP's DNS
> > if no match is found?
> >
> Why not just add the list to "hosts?"

Because maintaining hosts is not fault-tolerant, whereas DNS is.  For
example, this week may point at, but is actually hosted on some guy's broadband connection,
and his ISP uses PPPoE.  Next week points at, and your host entry is invalid.  A caching-only
nameserver would update itself properly, avoiding the whole mess.

The only entries that  should go into hosts are IPs on your local
network that don't have DNS entries (i.e, private IPs).

Ben Steeves
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