Resolution Order - dns/files or files/dns?

Kevin Darcy kcd at
Fri Mar 24 21:35:59 UTC 2000

Steve Kelley wrote:

> HI,
> I had a quick question concering resolution order.
> Our clients have a very abbreviated local hosts file that
> typically contains "localhost" and the given "hostname".
> Would it be better to specify the resolution order used
> by the clients as "dns files" or "files dns"?
> I was thinking that "files dns" would be better, and
> eliminate some queries from hitting our DNS servers, but
> I was just wondering if there was any standard protocol
> in the community for defining the resolution order.

None that I'm aware of. Resolution order, and/or the use of
non-Internet-standards-based naming services, are generally considered
matters of local discretion.

- Kevin

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